Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic praised the
attitude of his players after a hard fought 2-1 victory over Black Leopards to
return to winning ways.
The Sea Robbers had taken the lead in the 34th minute after
Tshivhavhudzi Ndou scored an own goal from a cross by Thamsanqa Gabuza.
Gabuza was then dismissed on 51 minutes before Vincent Pule
added a second for Bucs with 65 minutes on the clock.
Leopards substitute Joseph Mhlongo netted just six minutes
later to ensure a tense finish to the game, Bucs doing superbly to grind out
the three points with only 10 men.
After the match, the Pirates mentor told SuperSport:
"It was a football thriller from start to end.
"It's not easy to play over 60 minutes with a player
less. I want to give credit to the players we cooled our heads at half-time.
They gave everything they could. They respected the jersey and the
He added: "Deservedly we got the second goal. We showed
a lack of concentration to allow the equaliser. It became a thriller and
unpredictable towards the end. I believe we deserved to win given what we have
given on the field.
"In any way we resettled ourselves in a 5-3-1
(formation) dropping back because it's not easy to play against a very good
team as Black Leopards with a player less for 60 minutes.
"I want to give credit
to the players they have given everything."