Absa Premiership

Preview: Pirates v Polokwane

2014-10-03 15:11
Vladimir Vermezovic (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates will be targeting a return to winning ways when they lock horns with Polokwane City in the Telkom Knockout at Orlando Stadium on Sunday, October 5.

Read: Majoro happy to bide his time

Vladimir Vermezovic's men head into the clash looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats suffered at the hands of Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 final and Chippa United in the Premiership.

And, having failed to find the back of the net in those two defeats, the Buccaneers are under increasing pressure to deliver a morale-boosting result.

There have also been increasing calls for Vermezovic to alter his formation for the upcoming fixture, with many of the club's supporters urging the manager to deploy two strikers, rather than the usual lone frontman.

However, the Serbian is refusing to bow under the pressure, insisting he will stick with just one striker up front.

He told KickOff: "Our players, my technical team and I, we are the same like one month ago.

"One month ago, we played one striker and we scored in three games I think nine goals or so. And nobody never asked me when are you going to start playing with two strikers.”

"Orlando Pirates is a big club and I'm a serious coach and I'm not going to change my philosophy because of one defeat.”

"We always have plan B and C and we are going to use it in time to time. But believe me nothing is changed after one defeat.”

Polokwane City, meanwhile, have received a welcome boost with the news that coach Kosta Papic has finally received his work visa.

As a result, Papic will take his place in the dugout for the first time when his men take on Pirates.

Kick-off is at 15:00.

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