Absa Premiership

Micho urges improvement from Bucs ahead of Soweto derby

2018-02-26 13:27
Milutin Sredojevic (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredojevic says he is pleased with Sunday's 4-2 win over Chippa United although he is seeking improvement ahead of the Soweto derby next Saturday. 

After going a goal down to a Mxolisi Macuphu strike, Bernard Morrison drew Pirates level from the penalty spot. Striker Justin Shonga then made it 2-1 before substitute Katlego Mashego grabbed a late equaliser.

However, goals at the death from Thembinkosi Lorch and a fine strike from Shonga ensured the three points went to the Sea Robbers. Nonetheless, Sredojevic believes there is more work to be done before facing Kaizer Chiefs in the derby. 

"First of all we played against a top team that pulled the best out of us today. We didn't have the best first half," he told SuperSport TV.

"We conceded that goal because we allowed our opponent to attack us from midfield, but we were good enough to equalise with a penalty. At half-time, we told the team to settle down and reset. 

"In the second-half, we went all out and scored that important second goal. Then against the run of play we conceded the second goal, but we showed today as a team that we have winning character. 

"We attacked at the end and scored those two goals and won a game in a place where not many teams would win. We will now forget about this win and focus on the next game against Chiefs. 

"But congratulations to the boys for following my instructions to the detail. They have shown they are lions and deserve to carry the Pirates badge. 

"But there are a lot of critical aspects that we need to improve on in the next few days before we face Chiefs." 

Kick-off is at 15:30 on Saturday.

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