Milutin Sredojevic looking for solutions to Orlando Pirates' goal scoring woes

The experienced coach gave credit to Phunya Sele Sele for their resolute defending on the day

Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic was left frustrated with his side's finishing yet again after their clash with Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday afternoon.

The Soweto giants succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Phunya Sele Sele in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) match which was played at the Free State Stadium in the City of Roses.

The encounter was dominated by the Buccaneers, who created many chances, but they were very wasteful in front of goal.

Micho stated that they need to find a formula which will see his side score goals with ease having failed to net from open play in the league this season. 

“We had planned everything for this game except not conceding a goal from a set-piece in a situation where we have been the dominant side from start to end,” Sredojevic told SuperSport TV

“When we conceded we started to play against the opponent and the result," the 48-year-old trainer continued. 

"We tried to push the ball into the sides because the opponent is defending very narrow and in numbers with a reinforced defence," Micho added. 

Thamsanqa Gabuza, who had started upfront ahead of Justin Shonga, was guilty of missing three good chances on the day. 

“At half-time, we emphasised that there are three areas we need to reach on the flanks, we tried everything, they were defending. It was not meant to be," he explained. 

“We have learned the lesson we need to go back to the drawing board. Our problem is finishing we need to find the formula," Micho explained.

Micho introduced attackers Meshack Maphangule, Augustine Mahlonoko and Shonga as Pirates looked to level matters, but they were unable to beat Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb on the day.

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“We need to have a variety of attacks so that we are not easily readable book and predictable. I give credit to the opponent for resolute defending, they were succeeding in everything to block," he added. 

"This is a point of concern to us that we need to find the formula," the former Al Hilal Omdurman coach concluded.

Pirates' next game will be against Black Leopards in a PSL encounter which is scheduled to be played in the Limpopo Province on Tuesday, August 28.