Larsen said his team held their own against an expensively assembled Pirates side, but let themselves down in the second half.
Arrows were constantly under attack by the Buccaneers but managed to absorb the pressure in the first half, and caught their opponents out on counter attacks several times.
“We contained them in the first half, but it came undone in the second because of our own defensive lapses,” said Larsen after the game.
Pirates’ goals were scored by Tendai Ndoro while Abafana Bes’thende’s consolation goal was netted by Nduduzo Sibiya.
“We gave them too much space, and made it difficult for ourselves, and ultimately against such a big side you get punished. We are proud of our first-half performance. If we keep that up against Cape Town City, we will certainly give ourselves a chance,” added Larsen.
The former Maritzburg United and Bloemfontein Celtic coach said the fans got their monies’ worth in terms of goals scored on the night.
“The supporters come to the stadium for goals and tonight they saw four. Unfortunately three were against us,” said Larsen.