Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas is seem not to be bothered about the criticisms after his boys failed to kill the game against Black Leopards in 90 minutes.

Solinas insisted his side deserved to win the game by virtue of the number of times they hit the woodwork compared to that of Leopards.

The Italian made seven changes to their line-up which saw the hosts struggle to penetrate an energetic Leopards side, who hit the crossbar midway through the first half before eventually being rewarded through a superb Phathutshedzo Nange strike just after the half-hour mark.

The PSL new boys went into the half time break with 1-0 lead but Pule Ekstein equalised in the 63rd minute and the match was forced into extra-time, during which both Ryan Moon and Willard Katsande were denied by the frame of the goal.

“Yes, we conceded chances, but we also created chances. My question is, my team hit the crossbar twice and the post and Black Leopards? Once? Okay, so we won 3-1,” said Solinas.

“I respect Black Leopards. In the first half, in my opinion, they played very well. They deserved to lead the game. I congratulate them for their performance in the first half.

“But, in my opinion, the game was more balanced in the second half  my boys performed very well, also in extra-time we created chances.”

The Italian also denied being concerned when the match headed for penalties, as he maintained faith in his charges after they practiced their spot-kicks in training.

“After, when you go to penalty shootout, it’s a lottery. It’s no longer about the technique or about the tactics, it’s all about the heart and the mind,” he added.

“But, when we went to the penalty shootout I was very confident because we practiced this in the training session, and the players prepared for it.”

Solinas will turn attention to this weekend’s derby against Orlando Pirates and hope his stars return from injury.