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Micho: "After only 72 hours to prepare for this game after the Tekom Cup we had an imbalanced squad and I rotated 5 players who were fresh with those who had tired legs. This was why we started slowly in the first-half."
"At half-time we sorted what we needed to sort with the numbers needed to go forward. I am happy for Shonga because he was under so much pressure...but in the last three games he provided 3 assists."
"I want to give credit to the players and the technical team for the work we put in...the win means a lot to us because confidence you can only get from winning."
Full-TIME: Polokwane 1-2 Orlando Pirates
A thriller at the Peter Mokaba Stadium as Orlando Pirates win to move top of the Absa Premiership table!
#AbsaPrem again pirates players and lack of discipline. Week in week out same story...yeses— #FitforPurpose (@bongzitoras) November 6, 2018
#AbsaPrem again pirates players and lack of discipline. Week in week out same story...yeses
That goal was coming, very disorganized in defending set pieces! Both Jackson & his defenders were caught napping two times before that goal.#AbsaPrem— Someone's Son (@eemz_effekt) November 6, 2018
That goal was coming, very disorganized in defending set pieces! Both Jackson & his defenders were caught napping two times before that goal.#AbsaPrem
89' Polokwane 1-2 Orlando Pirates
Nkile grabs a goal back for Polokwane from a corner!!!
Marcelo scores and goes to hug Rhulani ????????????— Thulani (@ThulaniM16) November 6, 2018
Marcelo scores and goes to hug Rhulani ????????????
Kanti who's the coach at Pirates,, watch Rulani after Pirates scored the 2nd goal (hope someone will have a clip) even the players when they score, they run to RulaniMicho abamboni??????????#AbsaPrem— Nhlanhla Hlabisa (@matekihlabisa) November 6, 2018
Kanti who's the coach at Pirates,, watch Rulani after Pirates scored the 2nd goal (hope someone will have a clip) even the players when they score, they run to RulaniMicho abamboni??????????#AbsaPrem
I never lost hope on him #shonga in you I believe boy #AbsaPrem— Sthembiso (@SWshongwe) November 6, 2018
I never lost hope on him #shonga in you I believe boy #AbsaPrem
Confused????.. Who is Pirates coach and assistant.. In my eyes Michu the assistant Rhulani the coach #AbsaPrem— Nate (@NateDConqueror) November 6, 2018
Confused????.. Who is Pirates coach and assistant.. In my eyes Michu the assistant Rhulani the coach #AbsaPrem
64' Justin Shonga doubles the lead for the Buccaneers with a fantastic free-kick!!!
Orlando Pirates Football Club ?????????????????????#AbsaPrem #UpTheBucs— Xolani Nyong'o (@Xolani_MV) November 6, 2018
Orlando Pirates Football Club ?????????????????????#AbsaPrem #UpTheBucs
Pass from Kutumela??????#AbsaPrem #PLKvPIR— #fill-Up-Moses-Mabhida (@Tvnkisx_Mara) November 6, 2018
Pass from Kutumela??????#AbsaPrem #PLKvPIR
Marcelo?? #AbsaPrem— s.k™ ???? (@SKwithTheDot) November 6, 2018
58' Polokwane 0-1 Orlando Pirates
Marcelo scores his first goal for the Buccaneers just before the hour mark!
What a save from @JMabokgwane !! #AbsaPrem— Velile Mnyandu (@Veli_Mbuli) November 6, 2018
What a save from @JMabokgwane !! #AbsaPrem
Mngomezulu uyababa ?????? #AbsaPrem— Swazi Q. Dlamini (@mhlayisto) November 6, 2018
Mngomezulu uyababa ?????? #AbsaPrem
46' Polokwane City 0-0 Orlando Pirates
We're back underway in the second-half! Can Pirates find a an all important goal to go top of the Absa Prem table...
Not trynna sound impatient or anything, but how many chances will Justin Shonga need before he scores again? #AbsaPrem— General'sThroughPass (@MrTyhali) November 6, 2018
Not trynna sound impatient or anything, but how many chances will Justin Shonga need before he scores again? #AbsaPrem
0-0 at HT. Yes, they are struggling without Pule. ?? They need him. #AbsaPrem— Tshepho J. Mokwele (@Tshepho_Mokwele) November 6, 2018
0-0 at HT. Yes, they are struggling without Pule. ?? They need him. #AbsaPrem
? HT | @polokwane_city 0 - 0 @orlandopiratesA stronger finish to the half for the Bucs with Shonga having the bulk of chances to put the Bucs onto the scoresheet. Mabokgwane has kept City at bay on the other side. ???????????????#AbsaPrem #Matchday #OnceAlways pic.twitter.com/AD9vJEn387— Orlando Pirates FC (@orlandopirates) November 6, 2018
? HT | @polokwane_city 0 - 0 @orlandopiratesA stronger finish to the half for the Bucs with Shonga having the bulk of chances to put the Bucs onto the scoresheet. Mabokgwane has kept City at bay on the other side. ???????????????#AbsaPrem #Matchday #OnceAlways pic.twitter.com/AD9vJEn387
HALF-TIME: Polokwane City 0-0 Orlando Pirates
Justin Shonga has failed to convert for Pirates while Mngomezulu had an early chance for Polokwane as we head into the break goalless!
Shonga has lost his mojo... Somebody needs to help him go find it #AbsaPrem— Zukula (@Mndeni361) November 6, 2018
Shonga has lost his mojo... Somebody needs to help him go find it #AbsaPrem
Shonga can't buy a goal #AbsaPrem— thabang kgeledi (@cheez_zoboblog) November 6, 2018
Shonga can't buy a goal #AbsaPrem
30' Polokwane City 0-0 Orlando Pirates
It's been a scrappy first-half so far for Orlando Pirates who are struggling to find any attacking rhythm while Polokwane seem the more likely to open the scoring.
FULL TIME! Polokwane City 1 - 2 Orlando Pirates!
After quite some extra time, the ref blows the whistle. What started out as a dull game ended with a bang! Thanks for joining us...cheers!
GOAL!!! Polokwane City 1 - 2 Orlando Pirates! (Nkili)
Wagaba has just come on and he has made a difference. The hosts win a corner and Wagaba manages to find Nkili who makes no mistake and finds the back of the net! Can they score one more?
Pirates are in full control for the last few minutes. Passing the ball around and keeping possession. They don't need to do anything else.
Polokwane also make their final change. Wagaba replaces Booi.
Pirates make their final change. Shonga goes off a relieved man after scoring that goal! He is replaced by Mahachi.
We have a yellow card and it's Mpho Makola on the receiving end.
The hosts make their second change. Tlolane comes on in place of Phiri.
Game seems to have slowed down as the hosts are still in shock from that double knock they've taken. It's not going to be easy to come back into this but if they are, they'll need to do something now!
Polokwane make their first change. Hlongwane is off and is replaced by Musona.
The visitors make their second change. Mabaso comes on for Lorch.
GOAL!!! Polokwane City 0 - 2 Orlando Pirates! (Shonga)
Thanks to that Vusimuzi infringement, Pirates had a free kick. It was taken by Shonga and he finds the back of the net at last!
GOAL!!! Polokwane City 0 - 1 Orlando Pirates! (Marcelo)
The deadlock is broken and it's thanks to Marcelo! He's in the center of the box and fires a header into the bottom right corner!
It's getting untidy out there as we have another yellow. This time it goes to Vusimuzi Mngomezulu.
We have another 2 yellow cards awarded to players from both sides. Hlongwane and Qalinge are the recipients.
Pirates decide to make a substitution. Mbekile comes off and is replaced by Kutumela.
We have another yellow card and this time it goes to Mbekile.
Another effort from the hosts. This time it's Maluleke who takes a free kick but the ball is smashed over the target!
A great effort from Mngomezulu that bends the ball and is on target and forces Mabokgwane into a save! A top class effort!
A strong start to the half by Pirates. They win a corner and it's taken by Lorch. Once again though, they can't finish the job as the chance goes begging!
We have our first yellow card of the game and it goes to Polokwane's Manaka.
We are back underway with the second half!
HALF TIME! Polokwane City 0 - 0 Orlando Pirates!
So ends the first half and both teams will be happy to head to the changeroom. We'll be back shortly with the second half action!
Mbonani gives away a free kick. Pirates take it quickly but still nothing comes of it.
The ball is moving from one of the field to the other but neither team has managed to find the back of the net yet. The hosts have looked the better team but all that can change with a goal.
Shonga using his head this time but the result is the same...can't find the back of the net. If he keeps trying, he has to get one past Chigova but the keeper hasn't really been tested so far.
Shonga with 2 chances in the last couple of minutes but both times his shot was wide of the target! He can't seem to buy a goal at the moment.
Ramagalela with a header that was on target and forces Mabokgwane to make a save! That was the best chance of the game so far!
Once again, a Pirates player is caught offside and this time it's Lorch. So at the 30 minute mark, we are still awaiting that first goal. Both sides have had their chances!
These last few minutes, the Pirates defence is really being tested and they are not doing too well. Luckily for them, the 2 chances that there were, both went out for goal kicks.
The visitor's Mako has been caught offside. He was just about to push forward when he saw the flag raised.
Pirates are starting to get their act together now. Seems like they were a bit slow this evening and their defence is still not at their best but the midfield is looking better now. They have a corner and it's taken by Shonga.
Some mention must be made of Seabi. Although he gave that foul away, he is working hard, trying to create some chances for his team. A very hard working player.
It has to be said that Polokwane are dominating proceedings at the moment. They are creating chances but they are not finishing well. Pirates need to be careful or else they could be chasing the game.
Lorch wins a free kick for his team after he was fouled by Seabi. It's taken reasonably quickly but nothing comes of it.
A little burst from Pirates now but the referee awards Polokwane a goal kick.
Pirates starting off a bit slow this evening and just absorbing the pressure that the hosts are trying to put on them. Mabokgwane with a goal kick as Polokwane can't take advantage of the chances they are creating.
Just 2 minutes into the start of the half and Ramagalela has a go at the goal! Positive start for the hosts.
Polokwane City get us underway!
We are a few minutes away from kick off! Some excitement in the air!
Subs: Kutumela, Mabaso, Mahachi, Maphangule, Mlambo, Pule, Sandilands.
Orlando Pirates Playing XI: Mabokgwane, Marcelo, Jele, Munetsi, Mbekile. Makola, Mntambo, Qalinge, Lorch, Mako, Shonga.
Subs: Baloyi, Musona, Mvelase, Ndlovu, Sikhosana, Tlolane, Wagaba.
Polokwane City Playing XI: Chigova, Nkili, Hlongwane, Mbonani, Manaka, Phiri, Seabi, Maluleke, Mngomezulu, Ramagalela, Booi.
Good evening and welcome to the Peter Mokaba Stadium, where Polokwane City are taking on Orlando Pirates.
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