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Milutin Sredojevic: Orlando Pirates paid the price against Polokwane City

13:52 GMT+3 21/01/2018
Milutin Sredojevic, Orlando Pirates
Bucs came from a goal down to earn a share of the spoils against the hard-running Limpopo side

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic could sense complacency from his players, and he feels that contributed to their 1-1 draw with Polokwane City on Saturday evening.

After going into the break a goal down through Dominic Chungwa’s well executed volley, Bucs were forced to throw caution to the wind to spare their blushes in the second half.

“We’ve paid the price. I believe we were a bit complacent and we need to go and work a bit harder and dig deeper in order to win,” Sredojevic said post-match.

They brought on all attacking replacements with Ayanda Nkosi, Lyle Foster and Thembinkosi Lorch, and Micho is delighted that the three substitutions somewhat influenced the outcome of the game as Foster scored the equalizer in the closing stages of the game. 

“We changed the system at half time and took a big risk by going with three defenders, and making lots of changes in the line-up. We brought on Nkosi, Foster and Lorch. We practically played with three defenders, two midfielders and five attackers and it paid off,” Sredojevic continued.

Sredojevic went further and confirmed that Foster went to France for trials a few months after signing a professional contract with Bucs.

This is a contrary to Floyd Mbele, who denied any knowledge of the striker going to France for an assessment in Novemeber 2017

Goal gathered soon afterwards that the 17-year-old had indeed gone for trials in Monaco

“Seeing Lyle score today sums up of all his hard work because he puts in the time at training. He has been pushing hard since we came back from the break. Lyle was in a honeymoon phase; he signed a [professional] contract [with Pirates], had an assist against Cape Town City and went to France [for trials with Monaco]. Then he was injured and went on national duty and did well there. We are very proud of him,” Sredojevic said.

Meanwhile, Abbubaker Mobara, who captained the side for the second successive match in the absence of Thabo Matlaba, is proud to be among the leaders in the Pirates team, and he believes that the armband will allow him to grow both as a person and player. 

“Coming from Cape Town and getting the armband at such a big team is humbling. It will teach me to lead and also allow me to grow as a person and player,” Mobara told the media.