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Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic pleased to get one over Steve Komphela's Golden Arrows

10:02 GMT 03/03/2019
Milutin Sredojevic, Orlando Pirates
The Serbian trainer explained that it is always difficult to play against teams coached by Komphela

Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic was pleased to have guided his side to a hard-fought victory over Lamontville Golden Arrows on Saturday night.

The Buccaneers returned to second spot on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) standings after securing a narrow 1-0 victory over Abafana Bes'thende courtesy of Justin Shonga's first-half goal in Durban.

“We did not expect a bed of roses here, we knew we were playing against one very competitive team with a very good stamp of coaching from their coach (Steve Komphela]) and players who follow instructions and not easy to beat,” Sredojevic told SuperSport TV..

“In the first half from the right side they tried to stretch us and we had a lot of turnovers, slipping the ball in front of our last three defenders and pacing them,” he continued.

“We scored the goal and finished the first half and at half-time, we agreed that we shall defend not by defending but trying to possess the ball and kill the game, and be careful not to be caught out [at the back] like in the first half. I believe in the second half we controlled the game well and deservedly won the game," he added.

Micho, who is hoping to clinch his first major trophy with Bucs this season, explained his formation which saw him deploy five attacking players.

“We had three defenders at the back in order for creative players Vincent Pule and Kudakwashe Mahachi to play on the wings and (Thembinkosi])Lorch and (Luvuyo]) Memela to play as two number tens playing behind [Justin ] Shonga," he explained.

"With five attacking players or at least six players always roaming and transforming, but in the first half it didn’t work out as Ben Motshwari got injured. He went off and we put in [Abel] Mabaso and it’s refreshing the way he conducted himself," he explained.

“Later on we wanted to control the midfield more and we put in Xolani Mlambo [in place of Memela]. From then on we controlled, not to let the opponent endanger our defence and our attacking players to have a good backup," he added

"We created many chances in the second half, we could have killed the game, however, three points is three points, we shall look at this and prepare for our next game against Bloemfontein Celtic,” he concluded.

Pirates will now play host to Bloemfontein Celtic in a league clash at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday.