Orlando Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret believes his side’s lack of respect is the reason they lost 2-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns in an Absa Premiership match at Orlando Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Goals from Khama Billiat and Yannick Zakri condemned Pirates a loss at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
“I think we lost this game in the first 20 minutes. It looks like we had little respect there,” Jonevert said after the match.
“Sundowns were very aggressive. We let them play and they got the momentum after that. The last part of the first half was okay, we created three or four really good chances.
“At half time we talked about how we should turn this around and then we go out and concede. I haven’t seen the goal, but it looks a bit stupid to me.
“We have to be honest, we don’t have the skill right now to break down a defence like Sundowns.
“We had three or four chances, but not more than that. They defended well.”
The loss leaves Pirates in tenth place on the league table on 31 points, one point behind eight placed Ajax Cape Town, and coach Jonevret is still confident his side can finish inside the top eight.
“We had two good weeks before this game and the loss to Bidvest Wits. We knew this one would be tough with the two top teams in the league. But now we hope for more,” added Jonevret.
“We can’t be too sad now, we have to go home, it’s a new game already in three days in Bloemfontein and we have to bounce back.
“I am so naive I think we can win every game. I think we need to win two more at least and that will give us an opportunity to get us into the top eight.”