Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic hails Musa Nyatama's contribution

The Buccaneers mentor was happy to bag the full three points against Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele, but he expected a better display in the second half

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic says they must respect every ball played by an opponent following their 2-1 win over Baroka FC on Saturday afternoon at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The Buccaneers boss says they had a perfect first half where they netted twice through Vincent Pule and Thembinkosi Lorch, but nearly fell asleep in the opposition half.

“It was a perfect first half, exactly what we have agreed and prepared coming in the lead at the half time. We didn't want to put the pressure on the boys regarding what happened in the last match,” Sredojevic told SuperSport TV.

“We were looking forward to the second half, but it looks like we are paying an expensive bill of playing three matches in seven days and when you have that in mind, we conceded a goal,” he added.

“We brought ourselves some nervy moments. However, we need to critically look at how we manage that situation and not bring us into nervy situations,” continued the coach.

“A question we can pose in front of our players is 'you know how to play football, do you know how to have a result, to challenge yourself and try to be better in the second half than the first half?,” said the Serbian mentor.

“(They must) always try to respect every ball from an opponent. We disrespected the ball and conceded that goal, bringing ourselves in a position later on with some chances for the opponent,” he reacted.

Moreover, the coach has welcomed the full three points as they now sit atop of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) table with 14 points from seven matches.

'Micho' also reflected on their 2-2 draw against Cape Town City where they conceded twice in the second half. He admits thay they were nervous after Baroka's goal.

“We shall pick good things and the three points. Negative things are also critical and we shall criticise behind the closed doors so that we can improve as the season progresses to become much better,” the coach added.

“You know when a snake bites you like on Wednesday. We had the fear afterwards, and we want to believe that we can try to encourage the players to not think about the City game, but it was a mental issue,” he admitted.

“When you have that in mind it comes to the seniority of the players, extended the kind of coaches on the field of play and Musa Nyatama comes on and calmed the game and other players when it was very nervy and we cruised to a deserved three points,” explained the coach.

When asked on why he saw the opening half as perfect, the former Uganda national team coach said they had total dominance of the proceedings.

“We had absolute control of the game. The opponent didn't endanger our goal even once. Practically, it was a game of two halves. We were very good in defending and we defended by playing football, making the opponent to feel tired,” he said.

“We entered dangerous areas where we could attack better and we created the chances and scored two goals, then in the second half, everything turned upside down and we were supposed to use the speed, but we shall learn and improve,” concluded the Pirates boss.

Meanwhile, the Soweto giants will have a week-long break before their next clash against Golden Arrows on Wednesday the 3rdd of October 2018.

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