Kevin Bond was ultimately satisfied with our first match of pre-season - but there was more than a nagging sense of disappointment after we suffered a late, late loss 1-0 against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.
We looked favourites to win our Vodacom Challenge opener at the impressive Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane only for Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune to steal the show with magnificent saves to deny Peter Crouch and Gareth Bale.
The second of those saves to tip away Bale's volley came as the match entered three minutes of added time. A minute later, Chiefs were celebrating victory after a quick breakaway was finished by George Lebese.
"The most important thing from our point of view was that most of the players got time on the pitch and came through it unscathed," said assistant boss Kevin. Indeed, 19 players were used included seven substitutes at half-time.
"Okay, you want to win every game you play so in that sense it's disappointing, but looking at the bigger picture we got what we wanted out of the game, absolutely.
"It was played at a decent tempo and it was a good work-out for us."
Kevin agreed that we looked the more likely to break the deadlock as the game wore on.
"We looked threatening in the second half and in all fairness, their goalkeeper made two wonderful saves to deny Crouchy and then Gareth," he added.
"We only had ourselves to blame in the end though as we'd had a couple of warnings with them hitting us on the break. We'd pushed on again looking for the winner and we ended getting caught on the counter-attack."