Rulani Mokwena has vowed to look “deeper” into Orlando Pirates’ defensive frailties after they made heavy weather of what looked a routine Absa Premiership win against Polokwane City on Tuesday night in Soweto.
The Buccaneers were well on their way to a 3-1 win having come from behind, but a stunning goal from Mpho Mvelase made for a nervy finish at 3-2.
Mokwena admitted there was a concern with how they defended in the game overall, picking up similarities from their previous games.
“I think anyone (who) didn’t watch the game and just looks at the scoreline would think Pirates just scraped through. The reality is that we were in complete control for the majority of the match,” Mokwena said after the game.
“I don’t remember Wayne Sandilands having to make a save to be honest with you. But it is another two goals conceded. There’s a lot of factors to it and we have to look deeply and not just scratch the surface, but go deeper. There are mitigating factors to it. The goal was the same as (Leonardo) Castro’s against Chiefs – it’s not just about the tactics.”
Pirates don’t play again until December 7 when they travel to Polokwane to face Baroka FC, so the coach has a bit of time to rectify the mistakes.