Bucs coach Sre­do­je­vic takes far-sighted view

The Citizen (KZN) - - PHAKAAATHI - Tshepo Nt­soe­len­goe

With two matches re­main­ing be­fore the end of the first round of the 2017/2018 sea­son, Or­lando Pi­rates coach Mi­cho Sre­do­je­vic is al­ready think­ing about get­ting things right so that his team can en­ter the last half of the sea­son stronger.

Pi­rates have been in­con­sis­tent in their last 13 games, win­ning four and draw­ing seven. The club’s ma­jor con­cern is the lack of goals which was showed up in a six-game win­less streak be­fore their 1-0 vic­tory over Bloem­fontein Celtic two weeks ago.

The Bucs coach, how­ever, is happy that they have not con­ceded a goal in their last three games as they look ahead to their next league clash with AmaZulu at the Or­lando Sta­dium to­mor­row.

“I want to give credit to one side which I am ex­tremely happy and proud about. It is that we have gone three matches with­out con­ced­ing a goal. I be­lieve we still have space for im­prove­ment in build-ups and fin­ish­ing.

“It is frus­trat­ing see­ing that we re­ally want it and the play­ers de­serve it af­ter the ef­fort they put in,” said the Bucs mentor af­ter Pi­rates drew 0-0 with Su­perS­port United on Tues­day night.

“Con­fi­dence is still lack­ing here and there, but we shall con­tinue work­ing on that. We still have two more matches to play, against AmaZulu and Free State Stars away. Then we will have an over­view and con­duct a deep crit­i­cal anal­y­sis on what was okay to keep up and what we need to cor­rect to en­ter the sec­ond round much stronger for the next 15 matches.”

Usuthu, mean­while, head into this game hav­ing gone four games un­beaten, record­ing three draws and a vic­tory over Mamelodi Sun­downs.

Cavin John­son’s charges saw their mid­week clash with Ajax Cape Town aban­doned af­ter heavy rain at the King Zwelithini Sta­dium made the pitch un­playable.

The club are sit­ting in 12th, hav­ing reg­is­tered three wins, five draws and three losses in their 11 matches.

The last time Usuthu vis­ited Or­lando was in the 2014/2015 sea­son and they man­aged to walk away with a point af­ter hold­ing Bucs to a 1-1 draw.

Pic­ture: Back­pagepix

MI­CHO SRE­DO­JE­VIC

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