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'Disappointed' JZ Reacts To Bucs' First Loss

Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer was left disappointed after seeing their unbeaten start to the DStv Premiership season come to an end.

Read: Downs End Pirates' Unbeaten Run

The Buccaneers suffered their first defeat of the 2020/2021 season after losing 1-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday afternoon.

The German-born coach felt his charges had more than enough chances in the first half before Brian Onyango got the game's only goal.

"Set-pieces, goal, it's always difficult. We know against Sundowns," Zinnbauer told SuperSport after the game.

"All the little luck in think in the first half we were good in the game. We had a lot of opportunities to score a first goal. Second half we did what we can. Played forward, chances yes. But not enough of the final shot or final pass.

"We gave it all in our last 20 minutes. And when you do that, they could hit us on the counter. Then we had a little luck. I'm disappointed. We did a lot of work, it was not a bad performance. But yeah we had not the goal that we need. I think if we scored in the first half, we could have won the game.

When asked about his decision to withdraw Wayde Jooste for Siphesihle Ndlovu at the start of the second half, he added, "It was a tactical aspect. We needed a goal. We know Ndlovu is flexible, he can play as a six or as an eight.

"This was the reason we changed at half-time. We wanted more offensive options. It wasn't just Ndlovu. It was the whole team. We had the opportunities but we didn't score and then it's not possible you can win a game."

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