FEATURE: A look at Jonevret's first game as Orlando Pirates coach

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Jonevret has promised to ensure that Bucs develop their own playing style. Goal takes a look at the changes made by the newly appointed coach

Orlando Pirates faltered in their first PSL match under head coach Kjell Jonevret as they drew 1-1 with Polokwane City and extended their winless run to 10 matches in all competitions on Saturday.

The 54-year-old tactician, who was officially appointed on Monday, is expected to steer the Bucs ship away from the stormy seas.

Against an unpredictable Polokwane City side, Jonevret decided to keep faith with the majority of the players who had featured regularly under Augusto Palacios.

Patrick Phungwayo made his return to the starting line-up, coming on for the suspended Thabo Matlaba, while newly signed left-back Marc van Heerden was overlooked by the new trainer.

Jonevret opted for the 4-4-2 formation. Bucs looked more composed and solid at the back for the better part of the game.

Dove Wome and Riyaad Norodien - Orlando Pirates

Mpho Makola and Luvuyo Memela provided width in down the wings, with Tendai Ndoro, who excelled in the first round as a lone striker, partnering Dove Wome upfront.

However, the strikers lacked support as Oupa Manyisa and Abbubaker Mobara played too deep and that allowed Rise and Shine to dominate the midfield battle.

Polokwane City created several chances and they managed to score following Makola's mistake in midfield. But Pirates also scored after Rise and Shine defender Thapelo Tshilo's mistake and Wome pounced to equalize.

There are a number of positives that can be taken from Bucs' performance, including the team's strong organisation at the back.

But, they still need to be quick in transition in order to offer support to their attacking players.

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Thamsanqa Gabuza of Orlando Pirates vs Polokwane City

The mood in the team has improved as the players looked to impress the 2005 Swedish Coach of the Year.

Moreover, the players will be pumped up ahead of next weekend's Soweto derby against fierce rivals Kaizer Chiefs.

Jonevret was given a warm reception at the Orlando Stadium by Pirates fans. Even after the game, the Bucs faithful were impressed with the efforts of the entire team.

So, ultimately, there's more positive points coming through from Jonevret's Bucs debut.

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