Milutin Sredojevic admits concern over Orlando Pirates draws but used Mamelodi Sundowns as barometer

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Pirates played to their 11th stalemate of the season when they hosted Sundowns in an exciting Absa Premiership encounter on Monday night, and thus failed to make use of their opportunity to go top of the log standings.

The Buccaneers at present have more draws than victories this season, which may come back to bite them should they end up losing the championship to their nearest rivals, though Sredojevic is not overly concerned as long as they remain within reach of front-runners.

“If it’s not too much for our opponents, who have dropped the same number of points, it’s not even for us,” defended Micho.

“Out of those 11 draws, in at least six of them we have been so close that we were supposed to win, and we would have been talking a totally different story now.

“However, certain things you cannot return back. It is a concern, it’s something we really wish [could be different], but despite that we are still there where we are.

“Before this game [on Monday] we had seven matches to play, and mathematically you’re looking at some matches that you’ll look to win, but importance is not to lose them, and this was one such match.

“There are now still 18 points to fight for, and still so many tough matches ahead. The only thing we’re looking at now is to recover the team properly [before the Wits games].”

Pirates next take on third-placed Bidvest Wits as they look to gain ground on Sundowns but also seperate themselves from the chasing pack.