Feature: Orlando Pirates' PSL title hopes could be hit by poor finishing

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Goal takes a look at an area the Sea Robbers need to improve on in order to keep up with fellow PSL title contenders

Orlando Pirates' goalscoring woes continued on Tuesday as they drew 0-0 with SuperSport United in an action-packed Premier Soccer League (PSL) encounter which saw both sides create countless chances, but fail to convert at the Orlando Stadium.

Once again, Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic decried poor finishing and the Pirates head coach did not shy away from criticising his players for their lack of composure with team recording its eighth cleansheet of the season.

The Buccaneers, who have scored only twice in their last five league games, currently find themselves third on the standings with 19 points from 13 games. They are only behind log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns on goal difference.

Although, Micho's side boasts one of the best defensive records in the league at the moment (having conceded eight goals), they have the worst attack in the top six teams having scored only nine goals and it is a cause for concern for the Bucs coach.

Pirates strikers

The Soweto giants have been blunt in attack this season with strikers Thabiso Kutumela, Lyle Foster, Ayanda Nkosi and Justin Shonga yet to score, while inconsistent marksman Thamsanqa Gabuza has netted three times in 12 league matches. Midfielder-come-striker Bernard Morrison has found the back of the net just once in eight appearances.

It is an open secret that Pirates need a reliable goalscorer and they have already been linked with several high-profile strikers, but Micho will have to make use of what he has at his disposal until the January transfer window opens.

Micho Sredojevic and Orlando Pirates players in disbelief

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Top of Sredojevic's priority list should be an attempt to bring back the confidence of his players, more especially the strikers. The Serbian tactician and his assistant Rhulani Mokwena have to work on sharpening their players' technique in training.

This would help enable Pirates players to take advantage of the many chances that they create week in and week out. 

Teams with a solid defence and potent attack usually win league titles and there's no doubt that Bucs will be a serious title contender if they fix their goalscoring problems sooner rather than later.

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