Following his side’s 3-0 thumping of Platinum Stars on Monday afternoon, Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa says he is happy to see his side move off the bottom of the Absa Premiership log.
The Buccaneers moved up to 15th place on the table after six matches played and still have a lot of games to catch up with the majority of league teams having played 11 fixtures or more.
Still, De Sa said it was a relief not to be holding up the bottom of the table anymore and understands that it will be tough to catch up all the games they are behind.
“It is nice to be off the bottom of the table,” said De Sa.
“Now we have two more games we need to catch up before the end of the year. Next year we have a lot of games to catch up and I hope we have the legs to keep going.”
Kermit Erasmus was the ‘man of the match’ after creating all three of Pirates goals and De Sa was quick to praise his striker and the way his team played.
“Well done to Kermit, the guys played really well in the first half hour or so,” added De Sa. “After that I think the heat took a lot out of the players and the pace of the game dropped and we just had to see out the game.
“That (running off the ball and finding space in the box) is supposed to be our game, but we haven’t done that in our last couple of games, we tried to play with a bigger striker, but with Kermit I think he gets us to play a little bit more and today it worked.”
Speaking after the game Erasmus said he was just happy to contribute to the win.
“It was a good game for us after we lost in the final (Telkom Knockout) against them. We were a bit hurt from it, but we came out and showed commitment, we wanted it more and we showed that today,” said Erasmus.
“It was a team effort and big up to my teammates for putting in the effort and working for one another, and I am just happy that I can contribute to the winning of the team.”
Losing coach Allan freese admitted his side were outplayed and they will have to go back to the drawing board.
“Well done to Pirates, they came out here to play and we could not match them for the first 20 minutes,” said the Platinum Stars coach.
“We were not home and I don’t know what happened, but those are the questions we must ask, and then after that we will see what we have to do to fix it.”