Roger de Sa describes Pirates’ win over Maritzburg as worst in his reign

Orlando Pirates tied with Kaizer Chiefs at the top of the table temporarily yesterday, but De Sa was unhappy with the teams performance

Orlando Pirates might have tied with Chiefs at the top of the Absa Premiership standings with a 2-1 win over Maritzburg United on Friday, but it did not bring a smile to coach Roger de Sa’s face.

Instead the Pirates boss described the victory in Port Elizabeth. as his team's “worst performance” of the season.

“It wasn't a very good performance, let's be honest and it's probably my worst performance (since arriving) at Pirates but we managed to scratch a win.

“There is a lot of work to be done, hopefully we can improve in our next match,” De Sa said, with one more game to come this year against Lamontville Golden Arrows in Durban on Wednesday.

“It wasn't pretty today, we gave the ball away too cheaply and our final third was terrible, but we got the three points.

“At half-time I warned the guys that we gave away our 1-0 lead against Chiefs and today against a 10-man team we should have done a lot better.”

Pirates’ victory, with goals from midfielders Oupa Manyisa and Andile Jali, lifted them to 31 points at the halfway point of the season.