Palacios eager to satisfy Orlando Pirates supporters

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Interim Bucs coach is eager to turn the tide for the club and make their hard-to-please fans smile again after ending the year with successive defeats

Orlando Pirates caretaker coach Augusto Palacios says they have been hard at training gearing up for the second half of the campaign working on areas that cost them points in matches against Highlands Park, Baroka, Maritzburg United and Bloemfontein Celtic.

“We have been working on finishing and (defending) set-pieces. (Tendai) Ndoro has been scoring, but we need more players to score,” Palacios told the Sowetanlive.

“We will correct this and give confidence to everyone. I hope we can satisfy the supporters,” Palacios added.

The Peruvian weighed in on the availability of Riyaad Norodien and Abbubaker Mobara, who he feels needs time to adjust to the pressure of the club adding they should not be criticized because they are from Cape Town.

“They need some time to adapt to the pressure and responsibilities at Pirates. The pressure at Pirates is not the same as the pressure at other clubs, so I think we should not criticize the Cape Town players,” Palacios said.

He makes a reference point to SuperSport United’s Clayton Daniels, who also struggled to adapt in Gauteng when he first arrived at Mamelodi Sundowns from Ajax Cape Town in 2011.

“Look at (Clayton) Daniels. Look how long it took him to adapt (in Gauteng). He was at Sundowns and then at Celtic and now he is at SuperSport. Some players need time,” Palacios said.

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As much as the other new arrivals like Ayanda Nkosi, Donald Mokondelela and Thabiso Kutumela are not from the Cape, they also need time to adjust.

“I think also Ayanda (Nkosi), Gift (Motupa), Donald (Makondelela) and Thabiso (Kutumela) need time to adapt to life at Pirates,” Palacios concluded.

The Buccaneers resume their league campaign away to second-placed Bidvest Wits on February 3 at the Ellis Park Stadium.

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