Absa Premiership

Micho: Pirates needed the medicine

2018-02-05 09:51
Milutin Sredojevic (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic believes his side learned their lesson after losing 3-0 to Ajax Cape Town when they beat Maritzburg United 2-1 on Saturday at Orlando Stadium.

Strikes in either half from Thabiso Kutumela and Happy Jele helped the club to the three points despite a late onslaught from the Team of Choice in which Siyanda Xulu pulled a goal back. 

Nonetheless, 'Micho' was delighted with the effort shown in coming back from the heavy loss to Ajax last Wednesday, and takes the view that the Sea Robbers will continue to try and improve.

"We are football people and we needed the medicine (to say sorry to our supporters) for what happened to us on Wednesday. We had to say sorry to our supporters with this result," he told reporters in the press conference. 

"Very important three points against a competitive team. This is our third match in seven days. We wanted to keep possession. 

"With them and their possession game, they always keep the shape with 10 to 9 players behind the ball and top class counterattacks. It’s very hard to play them. I’m very happy the boys threw everything on the field. The first and second goal is what we practiced at training. 

"They survived a few scary moments, three to be exact with the Team of Choice hitting the post three times, but succumbed to reducing the deficit.

"Football once again showed us that 2-0 is the most dangerous result. It show you one thing and leave you with nothing at the end.

"But I forgive the boys because every match is a lesson. We shall use that in the remaining games to be much better."

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