Absa Premiership

Pirates threw everything at Polokwane, says Micho

2018-01-22 07:55
Milutin Sredojevic (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Milutin Sredojevic said that Orlando Pirates threw everything at Polokwane City before ultimately settling for a 1-1 draw.

Dominic Chungwa opened the scoring at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday on 18 minutes with Lyle Foster netting an 87th minute equaliser.

Pirates had come off the back of a massive performance in their 3-1 defeat of Mamelodi Sundowns last week, with Sredojevic adding, that that game had taken a lot out of his side.

He was reported in the Sowetan as saying: "When you play a big match‚ like we played a big match last week, that takes so much physically and emotionally‚ you really need to be firmly on the ground and look to the next match with the same dedication and motivation. And looking to repeat the performance through consistency."

He added: "In preparation everything went well. Then we have been a bit surprised from the point where we wanted to play much better. It didn't happen.

"We started well again‚ wanted to build patiently and through football to create chances. We came into what I will call a 'blackout' from the moment of conceding the goal and so many minutes after.

"Because when for three or four minutes we were repeatedly conceding corner kicks we were not answering to that because this is the time when all of us we need to be focused.

"We weren't and we conceded that goal. From then‚ being a goal down‚ we were looking to change the formation‚ going with much more tactical risk‚ playing with three behind and two wing-backs.

"And looking to equalise‚ and then win the game. To throw everything on the field of play.

"I can say that we had against us one very good team who came with very good organisation‚ with a sharp counter attack."

Pirates next travel to the Royal Bafokeng Stadium to face Roger de Sa's struggling Platinum Stars in an Absa Premiership clash on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 15:30.


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