Jonveret pleased with Orlando Pirates' efforts against Free State Stars

The former Djurgårdens IF coach feels Mpho Makola was influential on his return to action, saying the team played better than last week against Stars

Orlando Pirates head coach Kjell Jonevret was pleased with his team's performance against Free State Stars on Saturday night.

The Buccaneers booked their place in the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals after beating Ea Lla Koto 4-1 at the James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney.

Jonevret had slammed his charges following their 3-2 defeat to Stars in the PSL encounter at the same venue a week ago, but feels the players really came to the party on the night. 

"I'm happy because I think we played like a team today," Jonevret said after the encounter.

"We were a little bit unlucky in the first half. We could have had one more to make it 2-0 at half-time, but then they scored from a set-piece," he said.

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"Regarding the second half, I'm satisfied. I think we played well and in the first half we were pretty much in control. As I said, we played like a team today," Jonevret added. 

"Maybe we (Stars and Pirates) are not the best teams in the league right now so we have to play smart to win games. I think we both played smart and good football," he stressed.

"Makola was out in the last game for example, and we saw what he gave today [Saturday]. So, we have a few that have to be there for the team to play good," he concluded.