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Draws not a worry for Bucs

2012-04-23 10:53

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates coach Augusto Palacios says back-to-back goalless draws have in no way derailed the team's PSL title challenge.

The Buccaneers had a great chance to stretch their lead at the top of the Premiership standings to four points following Mamelodi Sundowns' 1-0 defeat at Maritzburg United, but the Sea Robbers were unable to find a way past a resolute Bidvest Wits on Saturday evening.

That result marked the Soweto giants' second successive goalless draw, the first coming against Moroka Swallows last week, but Palacios says if his side are not losing, then they are collecting valuable points.

"We are still on top of the table, correct?" Palacios said in The Sowetan. "We are accumulating points. We have our destiny firmly in our own hands. We don't care what happens with the other contenders. The most important thing is not to lose."

Pirates face a tricky run-in to the season's climax, with Ajax Cape Town away on Friday night, followed by another trip, to SupeSport United, the following Tuesday.

The defending champions will have to do without midfield maestro Oupa Manyisa through suspension this weekend, but Palacios is confident he has the players capable of filling the void.

"We have a difficult game coming up (against Ajax) but I am not worried about Manyisa's suspension. We have 35 players. Our strength is in our depth," he added.

"If a player doesn't perform I will put another one and it is a clear message. The message is clear and every member of the squad knows that."

Pirates travel to the Cape Town Stadium to take on the Urban Warriors this Friday, with kick off scheduled for 20:00.

Football411

Comments
  • Cosmas - 2012-04-23 15:02

    "Our strength is in our depth" i like tht Palacios, we r with u all the waaaaaaaaaaaay! UP THE BUCS........................!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Samuel - 2012-04-23 15:46

      bucs l wl take the title no matter what,but coach u know the strength of ur players.dnt judge ur man wth what they did recently.currently u know who is in form or not.

  • Simcelile - 2012-04-23 17:12

    is this guy insane?was he not around when ajax beat us 3nil,@ this stage of the season,what if sundownz did not lost their gamez?i dont see why he iz not worried after 2 goaless draws

  • fraizerd - 2012-04-23 17:32

    is gud dat we drew n other contesters lost n now all we hv 2 do is 2 win all 4 games remaining.

  • sibongiseni.mbukwane - 2012-04-23 17:43

    jah,the coach is not worried but we as pirates supporters, we are worried,very worried dispite toping the table

  • sibongiseni.mbukwane - 2012-04-23 17:43

    jah,the coach is not worried but we as pirates supporters, we are worried,very worried dispite toping the table

  • Jonny - 2012-04-23 23:05

    my man u might not worry but we as supporters are worrying where is luise morta us him too and dont us one system be malti dimesional we want that cup no more draws

  • Jonny - 2012-04-23 23:26

    coach amaze me ur midfielld is not compact Jale is not playing well and u keep on using him even when is not playing good. Drop him and u others like Ntshomayelo and the boy from Arrows be unpredectable and talk a lot like u are doing now let the results talk we know u want that job but are not convincing yet

  • Jonny - 2012-04-23 23:30

    coach amaze me ur midfielld is not compact Jale is not playing well and u keep on using him even when is not playing good. Drop him and u others like Ntshomayelo and the boy from Arrows be unpredectable and talk a lot like u are doing now let the results talk we know u want that job but are not convincing yet

  • Jonny - 2012-04-23 23:36

    coach amaze me ur midfielld is not compact Jale is not playing well and u keep on using him even when is not playing good. Drop him and u others like Ntshomayelo and the boy from Arrows be unpredectable and talk a lot like u are doing now let the results talk we know u want that job but are not convincing yet

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