Orlando Pirates head coach Vladimir Vermezovic believes that a goalless draw at Bidvest Wits on Wednesday night was a fair result for both teams
The Clever Boys went into the match looking to avenge their 2-1 defeat to the Buccaneers in the first half of the season, but it wasn't to be as the tightly contested match ended in a stalemate at Bidvest Stadium.
"It was an open game for both teams with lots of opportunities created. Any team could have won it. We were lucky to survive some of the scary moments and they too were lucky to survive the attacks towards the end of the game," Vermezovic told the media after the match.
"We had a good chance to score from a free-kick and again they survived at the end. It was a deserved draw for both teams, a fair result," he said.
“In these kind of games, you concede one goal then there's no coming back. It was very dangerous because Wits are an organized team with a good coach. At the end of the day after a lot of opportunities, you have to be satisfied with 1-1,” he continued.
Pirates are now winless in their last three league matches. Bucs' last Absa Premiership victory was a 1-0 win over Maritzburg United at home on the 15th of April.
"We are set for a top-four finish, but also it is not about only a top-four finish it is about doing well in our remaining matches and finishing on a high," he added.
"I do know that finishing fourth or fifth does not matter in terms of our opponents in the MTN8, but it is always good to finish in a higher spot," he concluded.
Meanwhile, Bidvest Wits head coach Gavin Hunt was disappointed by the outcome of the match, as the Students recorded their second successive goalless home draw.
“Our last three game have been like that, we should have won comfortably. Tonight again, comfortably, no danger, but we don’t score. We have had three nil-nil’s in a row now,” Hunt said after the match.
“This is frustrating to watch because we’ve created so many chances in the last three games, but I’ve got to commend the players, they have been fantastic in difficult conditions," he said.
Wits have now stretched their unbeaten run in the league to eight games. Their last two league encounters have ended in goalless draws against Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
“Well, we have played in the right spirit, the result could have been different. I thought we should have won," he continued.
"There is not much else I can say, we played good football at times but these home draws cost us the year. We should have won the league comfortably,” he concluded.
The two Johannesburg clubs will now participate in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals on Saturday.
Wits are scheduled to host Kaizer Chiefs at 15h00, while Bucs travel to Maritburg United, and kickoff is at 20h15.