Register Login Scores

PSL

Micho Admits To ‘Setback’ Despite Going Top

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has said that his team’s 1-1 draw at home to Bloemfontein Celtic was a “setback” despite the result sending his team to the top of the log.

 

The Buccaneers needed a late equaliser from Luvoyo Memela to cancel out Tshepo Rikhotso’s first-half goal for Phunya Sele Sele.

 

The Bloemfontein side put in a superb defensive showing, with their organisation and discipline drawing praise from ‘Micho’.

 

Credit to the team of Bloemfontein Celtic, they have a very organised, reinforced defence that block off nine people behind the ball in front of Patrick [Tignyemb],” said the Pirates coach in his post-match television interview.

 

It’s not easy to penetrate that because they are working for each other and providing a green wall.

 

From the start we wanted to tire them and for that to be our way of finding where we can penetrate.

 

However, they have used exactly that moment, limiting time and space, providing the numbers and limiting us in time and space, denying us [the chance] to convert what we have created.

 

In the first half we had a situation where against the run of play, from a corner kick, we conceded. And when you have that, you have an opponent that is up with confidence leading, an opponent that is motivated and continuing to play in their way.

 

We were throwing everything [at Celtic] from the point of available attacking options, playing in the end with only two defenders.”

 

He added, “[We] were trying everything, trying though the centre, trying through the flanks, having crosses... and once through the centre, from [Luvoyo] Memela we passed through.”

 

The draw, combined with Mamelodi Sundowns’ loss in Cape Town, saw Pirates rise to first place on the log, but Sredojevic insists the two points dropped outweigh the achievement of going top.

 

He added, “This is a setback, we wanted to win, however we cannot now look back, we need to pick up the pieces, look forward and look to collect more points. Ahead of us there is still seven more matches [in the league] to play.”

nextarticle

Celtic Coach Seema Praises Hardworking Team

7 comments

Top 5

10 Images Of The Weekend’s Nedbank Cup Action

7 Feb 24, 2020 09:15 AM in Nedbank Cup

The Highest-Paid Players In Europe Revealed

21 Feb 11, 2020 07:14 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Mosimane Explains Gripe With MDC

26 Feb 24, 2020 01:30 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Man City Could Be Relegated To League Two

53 Feb 17, 2020 06:28 PM in English Premier League

Chiefs’ Middendorp: We Couldn’t Unlock Them

81 Feb 24, 2020 11:36 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Bucs Stars Dazzle In Pule’s Mashonisa

16 Feb 24, 2020 11:00 AM in Drip, Style & Swag

Lambo, Bentley, Now Rolls Royce Next On The Agenda For Ndlovu?

4 Feb 26, 2020 02:30 PM in Stars & Their Cars

Pogba Makes Liverpool Admission

21 Feb 25, 2020 10:32 AM in Manchester United

10 Of Ronaldo's Cheapest Cars, Including A R2m Bentley & R1.2m Audi

4 Feb 25, 2020 03:01 PM in Stars & Their Cars

Rantie Spotted At PSL Club

31 Feb 25, 2020 05:02 PM in Siyagobhoza

Middendorp Feels Chiefs Deserved A Penalty

30 Feb 24, 2020 04:28 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

28 Nov 24, 2019 07:17 PM in World News

PSL Confirm Date And Time For Nedbank Cup QF Draw

16 Feb 24, 2020 03:12 PM in Nedbank Cup

9 Players Who Left Barca Because Of Messi

29 Nov 03, 2019 10:21 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

3 Big PSL Contracts Being Discussed…

10 Feb 24, 2020 02:43 PM in PSL