Absa Premiership

Pirates ate humble pie, says Micho

2018-02-01 10:00
Milutin Sredojevic (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredojevic believes that his side needs to learn how to break down teams who are "parking the bus".

The Buccaneers saw most of the ball in the 90-minutes of their Absa Premiership clash against Ajax Cape Town at Cape Town Stadium.

Mosa Lebusa opened the scoring for the hosts before a Yannick Zakri’s brace ensured the Ikamva side claim all three-points.

“Football is a game that gives everyone chances. Against the run of play we conceded that corner kick that pushed us to come out. We conceded the second goal on a counter-attack. We were working not to concede this way,” Sredojevic told SuperSport TV.

“In the second half we regrouped but we couldn’t get the answers against a reinforced defence - in a modern way they call it 'parking the bus'. In the end we finished with only one defender, one midfielder and six strikers but it still didn’t go our way. When you risk like this you’re vulnerable to them coming through the centre - which is how they scored that goal (third goal).

“When the team is growing it is the same as a child learning to walk, you walk, some steps you’re slipping but then you become stronger and stronger. I’m happy that every player gave his best but not happy because we were playing for results and not for the beauty contest of us dominating totally. We need to learn, it’s a very hard humble pie lesson.”

The Sea Robbers welcome Maritzburg United to the Orlando Stadium an Absa Premiership fixture.

Kick-off is at 20:15 on Saturday. 

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