Cape Town - Caretaker coach Augusto Palacios wants Orlando Pirates to show more focus in defence, and to be more clinical in attack.
In their two most recent league encounters, the Buccaneers have been in front, only to allow their opponents to claw their back for a draw (1-1 against Baroka FC, 2-2 against Highlands Park).
Palacios has urged his defence to maintain their focus right up until the end of the game, but also says that Pirates' attack-minded players need to make better use of the chances that come their way so as to kill off opposition before they can even get a sniff at a point.
"We need to be more solid at the back and stop giving away late goals. It happened again against Highlands that we conceded late," the Peruvian was quoted as saying by the Daily Sun.
"We really need to work more on our consistency, especially when we go into the lead.
"We needed to come out in the second half and score more goals. My players do create chances but sometimes football is a cruel game."
Pirates are fifth on the standings, six points off pace-setters Cape Town City. Bucs are next in action on Tuesday, 13 December, away to Maritzburg United.