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Tlale not pleased with constant changes to Orlando Pirates line-up

4:16 PM SGT 20/1/17
John Tlale
The legendary shot-shot-stopper has criticized Bucs for not keeping a solid line-up in successive matches this season, when speaking to Goal

Former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper John Tlale has urged the team to have some consistency in their starting line-up.

“Let me tell you one thing, in football you are as good as your last game. Now with this chopping and changing of players like this week you see (Thabo) Matlaba is there, next week it’s Ayanda Gcaba and (Edwin) Gyimah is out, you won’t get the best out of them,” Tlale told Goal.

The Sea Robbers slipped out of the top eight to tenth prior to the current PSL break, following successive defeats to Maritzburg United and Bloemfontein Celtic respectively.

Pirates have also been prone to error at the back particularly in their last game against Siwelele, where two silly goals saw them surrender a one-nil lead to lose 2-1 at home much to the displeasure of interim coach Augusto Palacios.

The defence in particular undergoes alterations almost every game, with no consistent back-four let alone goalkeeper.

“It’s vital to let them play together and gel. And also understand each other. Pirates is a big team. You are expected to get results week in and week out.

“So the minute you start changing players whenever they try to be stable, they will continue to concede goals like they have been doing up until now,” Tlale said.

Tlale believes that keeping a consistent back-four will alleviate their sluggish defence.

“The minute they have a consistent line-up it will fix their mistakes at the back and they will do much better.

To date, Bucs have conceded 17 goals in 13 games scoring only 15 with 11 coming from one man in Tendai Ndoro.

They resume PSL action on February 3 when they visit Bidvest Wits at the Ellis Park Stadium.