Orlando Pirates coach Palacios happy with Ajax Cape Town draw

The Buccaneers caretaker coach was glad to see his players earn a point from their trip to the Mother City
Orlando Pirates may have stumbled again in the title race following Saturday night’s 1-1 draw against Ajax Cape Town, but caretaker coach Augusto Palacios says he is satisfied with the result.

The Buccaneers could have been well clear of the chasing pack now, but three successive draws mean they are still only three points ahead of Mamelodi Sundowns, who play Santos on Sunday.

However, Palacios says he will settle for the result, especially given their recent record in Cape Town, which included a 3-0 defeat to Santos.

“After a long time we have one point in Cape Town,” ‘Njenje’ said to reporters. “For us to take one point here was very good for our players; people don't understand how difficult it is to play in Cape Town.”

He added, “One by one we'll get there [the League title]; we are not thinking about the other results. The media always say that we draw, but we are also not losing, and that's the most important thing.”

Pirates have only three games left, but Palacios says every coach, not only him, is feeling the pressure in the run-in.

“With Pirates there is always pressure, so what you need to do is take it game by game. There is no coach who can't say he is not feeling the pressure; for us each game is a final and every game is pressure. The next game against SuperSport United is going to be pressure again."