Orlando Pirates coach not happy with second half performance of his team


Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic says he is happy with the result but not the overall performance against Baroka FC.

The Buccaneers began the year on a high after defeating the Limpopo outfit 3-1 at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

However,┬áSredojevic believes his side are a work in progress and there’s still room for improvement.

“We started like a house on fire. The first 30 minutes were the best we have played all season. We scored three goals and when we were supposed to continue we conceded that goal through a penalty,” the Serb told SuperSport TV.

“The most dangerous scoreline is when you have a two-goal cushion, your confidence is still not with us. The most important thing is that we used the three elements in the second half, the first of possession, the second element is pushing the opponent forward and third element is to properly close them down and defend and I believe we have succeeded. It’s important three points, it’s a good start for the new year.”

The former Uganda national team coach was a bit disappointed with how many times his side turned the ball over to the opposition,

“We always try to inject ourselves with confidence to motivate the players to keep on playing our football and in one moment things will open for us. Stop thinking about missing. Be proactive start thinking about creating chances. I think it’s a very good step but still very far from what is supposed to be” he added.

“We have allowed so many turnovers in the second half, instead of us playing on the counter-attack we allowed them to counter-attack us. We need to instill competitiveness and emotional intelligence inside them to pull the opponent out and punish them because the opponent was the one who supposed to attack us. This is a lesson. Things are not done in a click of a button in football, it’s a process. I’m happy with the results but far from being happy about the performance.”

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