Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates assistant coach Eric Tinkler
says the Buccaneers have been working hard on their defending at dead-ball
situations as they look ahead to Saturday's trip to Chippa United.
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The Buccaneers travel to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium this
weekend on the back of their demoralising 1-0 loss to Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8
final, where Tefu Mashamaite headed home from a free-kick to seal the title.
Pirates now turn the focus back to the Absa Premiership,
where they already sit seven points off the pace of leaders Amakhosi, and
Tinkler knows they need to be much better at set-piece plays.
“It will be important to rectify the errors we made in
defence, particularly during the dead-ball situation. It was the only real
problem area that we faced in last weekend's game against Chiefs and we’ve
worked on it this week,” he told The
“I don't think Chiefs created any goalscoring chances in
open play. If we go back to the goals we've conceded so far this season, I
think four have come from set-pieces.”
“Obviously those were a major concern and we've had to
rectify the mistakes in training. That said I don't expect there to be major
personnel changes because the team hasn't been playing badly. We made one error
and we got punished for it.”
In head-to-head stats, Chippa and Pirates have met in just
two previous league matches.
Both of those encounters took place in the 2012/13 season.
The Chilli Boys claimed four points, drawing 0-0 in Cape Town before a 1-0 win
in the return match in Soweto.
Kick-off is set for 15:00 on Saturday, September 27.
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