Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler admits his side have several problems to rectify, following their 2-0 loss to Chippa United on Wednesday.
Goals from Joseph Molangoane and Buyani Sali at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium stretched the Sea Robbers' winless run to four league matches in a row.
"We showed way too many defensive frailties tonight," Tinkler told SuperSport. "We warned the players that Molangoane is very quick, you can't give him time, you can't give him space but he was getting into pockets, receiving, turning, running at us and we were allowing that to happen.
"We warned them again at half time but it happened exactly the same in the second half. Very disappointing defending."
"Myeni had a great chance win the first half to make it 1-1 and unfortunately he put it past the post,that's going to happen, what you've got to do is lift yourself and move on and look to create more chances and find the back of the net.
"But at the moment we're not creating enough, and we're not getting in the right positions to score goals, and that's something we have to rectify."
The Buccaneers have not secured their top-eight finish just yet, as they are currently sitting seventh in the league standings and just one point in front of Supersport United, who are in ninth place with just one game left to play.
"It's still all dependent on us, we're not having to rely on anybody else but ourselves," Tinkler added. "That's the only positive that you can really take from it but obviously we would have preferred to wrap it up today, but we didn't."