Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has insisted that his side is finding form despite admitting that they are three points short of where they wanted to be.
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The Buccaneers have had a difficult start to the season, picking up just seven points from their opening five Absa Premiership fixtures and crashing out of the MTN8 quarter-finals on penalties to SuperSport United.
Pirates bounced back from three consecutive losses across competitions with a 2-1 win over Black Leopards on Tuesday. However, the win was somewhat overshadowed by Thamsanqa Gabuza's red card.
Nevertheless, 'Micho' sees cause for optimism. "We are more than happy with the progress if you have a team that dominates in crucial aspects of the game, and we are dominating," he said, according to KickOff.
"We are playing football. The number of shots on goal is the attacking part and there is the number of shots allowed towards our goal on target. We are also satisfied with the meaningful build-ups. Attacking-wise and defensive-wise we are doing very well and confidence is growing."
Sredojevic, who has long since stressed the need for better finishing, is hoping that the international break can give his side an opportunity to polish up crucial aspects of their game.
"Now we have a FIFA break and we shall use it to improve very much, because in the space of seven days we have three games where we are looking to collect more points.
"We were targeting 10 points in the first five matches and we got seven. We will try to get more in our next set of matches to cover up."
The Buccaneers will return to action against SuperSport United at Orlando Stadium on 15 September.