Absa Premiership

Micho: We were supposed to be cool headed

2019-03-06 09:18
Milutin Sredojevic
Milutin Sredojevic (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic feels his players were not "cool headed" as they played to 1-1 draw at home against Bloemfontein Celtic on Tuesday.

Despite dropping two points, the Buccaneers still went to the top of the PSL standings on goal difference after Sundowns lost away to Cape Town City.

In the game against Siwelele, Pirates went behind in the 38th minute but found and equaliser through Luvuyo Memela with ten minutes of the match remaining.

Bucs dominated most of the game without really creating any clear-cut chances against Celtic's stubborn defence which disappointed Sredojevic.

The Serbian mentor told Supersport after the game: "Credit to the team of Bloemfontein Celtic that are having a very organised reinforced defence with the block of nine people behind the ball always in front of (goalkeeper) Patrick [Tignyemb].

"We were throwing everything from the point of attacking options, with only two defenders behind and one defensive midfielder.

"We were supposed to dig deeper and not allow blood to reach our heads. Some decisions in the last third we were rushing, we were supposed to be cool headed - we would have converted what we created."

Even though they are at the summit of the league table, Sredojevic insists he and players will only concentrate on the next game, which is a Caf Champions League encounter against Zimbabwe outfit FC Platinum on Friday.

Sredojevic continued: "We need to collect the pieces and collect more points ahead of us. There are still seven matches to play. We do not think about the table, we are frustrated that we could not win this game.

"Now we're refocusing towards the [CAF] Champions League, on Friday we're playing against FC Platinum.

"That is a must win match, then seven days later we're away in Guinea against Horoya. About the local league we shall think after the FIFA break."

 

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