Orlando Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic admitted that his side were lucky to overcome Moroka Swallows with a 1-0 victory on Saturday night
Bucs speedy winger Tlou Segolela's 12th minute goal proved to be enough to settle the original Soweto Derby encounter at Orlando Stadium.
The Buccaneers have now completed a double over the Birds this season. Pirates won 1-0 against Swallows in an Absa Premiership at Dobsonville Stadium, with striker Kermit Erasmus scoring the solitary goal just three week ago.
"It was a game of two situations. First-half we used their weaknesses and played that to our advantage. In the second half, I don't know what happened, we have to analyze it. I am a coach that likes to attack but we didn't do it well," Vermezovic told the media after the match.
"We didn't do well but it's important that we won. We were a bit lucky, but it's part of the game. It's not easy to play the same opponent twice in a short space of time but we did it. My philosophy is to have a quick build-up and keep possession off the ball. It's crucial to keep it and have good transition upfront," he said.
The Serbian-tactician said Bucs winger Khethokwakhe Masuku's incident on the bench during Pirates' match against Santos last week, was all in the past and that they were already moving on. The dribbling wizard's letter of apology was published on the Pirates official website on Thursday.
"I spoke to Khethokwakhe Masuku about the headphones after what happened in Cape Town. He is young and he made a mistake. He apologized, it's over now. We move on," he said.
Vermezovic believes that Bucs will be able to cope without the club's number one goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa and vice-captain Happy Jele. The duo will miss Pirates' next league encounter against Mpumalanga Black Aces on Wednesday due to suspension.
"Happy Jele and Senzo Meyiwa will be out. I have never seen two yellows for the same thing. It's the first time in my life, but we have depth. Fatau Dauda and Brighton Mhlongo, are both ready and so is Ntsikelelo Nyauza. We will be fine,"he added
"You would think I would be happy with three wins in four games but it's still not where I want the team to be, but we will get there. We're waiting to complete the season so that we can prepare properly for the next one. It's just to finish strong and win the Nedbank Cup," he concluded.
Meanwhile, Swallows mentor Zeca Marques believes that his team was just too unfortunate, as they could not convert their goalscoring opportunities on the night.
"I agree with coach Vermezovic about luck. When it's not with you, the game will be lost. Football is not fair. You have to make it count. We have lots of motivation and the performance proves it. Overall it was a great match, credit to Pirates. We were with them always," Marques told the media.
"Felix Obada was brilliant. He gave them problems, he was energetic and he will come right. All we need to do is find the back of the net," he concluded.