Milutin Sredojevic pleads for patience as Orlando Pirates players feel the heat

The Serbian tactician admitted that his players are feeling the pressure from the Bucs supporters

Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic has urged the club's fans to remain patient with his team.

The Soweto giants snapped their three-match losing streak when they overcame Black Leopards 2-1 in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) match in Polokwane on Tuesday night.

Much was expected from Micho's side this season, but their stuttering start to the 2018/19 season has seen them record only two wins out of six matches in all competitions.

“First of all, we have the highest degree of respect towards our supporters. They are the point of our existence; the spiritual owners of this team; this team belongs to them. And having that in mind, I want to inform them that it is not easy to be this side, to be a coach or to be a player," Sredojevic was quoted as saying by IOL.

"The demands are the highest possible. We are not superman, we are just human and in that regard we ask for a bit more patience, a bit more support to the team would be very much welcome,” he pleaded.

The Buccaneers have been wasteful in front of goal this season having scored four goals (two own-goals by Chippa defender Gerald Modisane and Leopards defender Thivhavhudzi Ndou) from five league matches.

Pirates striker Thamsanqa Gabuza was booed by his own fans during the team's win over Leopards and Micho said this is not helping the team. 

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“However, they need to know that when they put more pressure on certain players and on the team, the legs are locked and then those locked legs bring mistakes. They miss chances and they bring anxiety and other related issues that means we are not converting what we are supposed to," he added.

"We believe they should be more patient and give us more support and we shall do anything for them. We could do much better and we will do much better," he concluded. 

Pirates will host SuperSport United in their next league game at the Orlando Stadium on September 15.