Krol: We needed to be clever

2011-03-07 13:19

Johannesburg - Ruud Krol believes his Orlando Pirates players were not clever enough to ensure they left Seisa Ramabodu Stadium with maximum points on Sunday.

Siphelele Mthembu's late strike for Bloemfontein Celtic cancelled out Katlego Mashego's 72nd-minute opener.

The 1-1 draw saw both teams extend their unbeaten runs, with Bucs not suffering defeat in 16 games and Phunya Sele Sele managing to do the same in 14 fixtures.

Krol admitted he expected a tricky tie against the hosts, but maintained his men could have walked away winners.

"It is always a difficult match when it is Pirates against Celtic, but I thought after we went up 1-0, we could have better controlled the match," he said.

"We went for the 2-0 and with our youngsters in midfield - sometimes their heart is bigger than their mind.

"That is not good and I wanted to make a change, but we let a goal in and then I had to recalculate the match."

When asked what he wanted his side to do differently, Krol responded: "After the 1-0 we had to be more clever, we had to close the door.

"They had a few opportunities, we had a few opportunities - but I still think we could have done things better today."

Pirates are one point clear at the top of the table and will tackle title-rivals Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup this weekend.

But with the crucial league fixture against second-placed Ajax Cape Town scheduled just four days later on March 16, the Dutchman could choose to field his fringe players in the cup. 


  • mjmjanuary - 2011-03-07 14:06

    It's amazing how kaiser chiefs fans react on pirates games and the forggetting they own team . 4th place not bad, not bad at all (shut the back door amakhosi)

      Phineas - 2011-03-07 14:59

      You are an idiot, mjmjanuary. This is an open forum for all to comment on sport. Where do you come from? Bushes? I saw Pirates fans celebrating a- rather-short-lived-1-goal-lead when Chiefs played Free State Stars over the weekend. It is exactly the same mistake you are making thinking that occupying 1st spot on log-standing means Absa Premiership belongs to you already. You do not understand soccer and are still immature in analyzing, let alone trying to deprive other people who are not necessarily Pirates supporters to comment on the subject matter. Get a life.

      stinkiri - 2011-03-07 15:29

      the same thing happened on sunday,somali pie-rats never beaten kaiser chiefs dis season.some of pirates fans were also misbehaving.just imagine they where fighting for booze @ mokaba on saturday niyte.pie-rats fans must behave.

  • kabelo.colin - 2011-03-07 14:21

    hehehe. lol. what will be the end of it all? everybody wants to win. but who will. anything can happen......???????

      Lerato - 2011-03-07 14:36

      OH yes Kabelo anything can happen! don't forget that SKY IS THE LIMIT still on the marathon.....i like it whn things are like this...everyone is fight for its head...bona re tlo hlwella kalana e no!...

  • Phineas - 2011-03-07 14:50

    Ever been clever before, Krol? Panic is so overwhelming - moment of truth has arrived. Pirates yara yara, Pirates yara yara!! Let the game begins. Good luck Amakhosi, Good luck Sundowns, Good luck Ajax. Someone will slip, The higher you are, the harder you fall.

      YES - 2011-03-07 15:53

      U can tell us better, Phinny. All three teams u mentioned were once on top of the table but none ruled the rosters like Pirates. If u don't know, it is what is called guts, endurance or consistence.

      gucciGeorge - 2011-03-15 14:54

      cum on u real hate pirates dat much...those boys are flying high, dey derserv 1st spot, dey hav workd hard and dey stil gona hustle more points wheathr u lyk it or not, ezimnyama nge pirates pisses of its enemies........halaaaaa Krol

  • mafilo - 2011-03-07 15:01

    As i predicted, a point from celtics - then 3 points from Ajax on the 16th. The race is still on - the team with nerves of steel will take this one. But pirates still hold the advantage position...

      Michael - 2011-03-07 15:33

      @Mafilo, Pirates next three games are so vital and difficult i.e. Ajax (contender of league title), Swallows (who want to be clear of relegation zone) and Platinum Stars (who needs about 6 points to be sure of a place in top eight). This does not, however makes a job easier for Ajax, Sundowns and Chiefs because they are yet to play each other, meaning at least three (and possibly six) points are to be dropped among Ajax, Chiefs and Sundowns. According to my thinking, Pirates will have a clearer view after 17/04/11 after playing P. Stars and collected maximum points in all three games, with Chiefs and Sundowns yet to play each other on 01/05/2011 and Ajax vs Chiefs yet to be played on 07/05/2011. Good Luck Krol!!!

  • kabo.j.masole - 2011-03-07 17:21

    Hard luck coach. Playing celtic at home was not goin to b easy. Just b glad that at least u got a point out of that encounter...

  • jeffery - 2011-03-09 16:14

    Phieas your are also an idiot,because you don't understand the word football,get your gut together ,don't be a fool,because it seems as if mjmjanuary you should have shot him/her death the way you show anger,grow up man,football is an entertainment,don'nt hate pirates like and they don't owe u nothing.Football is a game of pleasure you idiot.

  • gucciGeorge - 2011-03-15 14:44

    keep up the gud work Krol....m laving it

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