Milutin Sredojevic reflects Orlando Pirates draw with Cape Town City

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Milutin Sredojevic
Milutin Sredojevic

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic says his troops learnt an 'expensive lesson' following their 2-2 draw with Cape Town City.

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Pirates missed the chance move three points clear of Mamelodi Sundowns after dropping points on Saturday afternoon in Cape Town.

"First of all, the delay of 15 minutes cost us," Sredojevic told Supersport TV.

"We paid expensively for coolling down and started on really the wrong foot, conceding after 20 seconds. We answered immediately, equalising at the right time.

"At half-time we solved the things that were causing us problems. We were supposed to provide three on three in the midfield. We provided exactly that. We pressed a bit higher. We provided them to score that second goal.

"Later on, we still had a problem in the midfield. However, we didn't respect that one ball they put in with the cross.

"They scored. We threw everything upfield with Qalinge and Mulenga.

"We risked everything, but unfortunately we didn't get what we wanted. It is an expensive lesson we have learnt.

"The guys gave everything, but our best was not enough to win the match."

'Micho' said he told the players at half-time they needed to block the crosses and even sent messages on to the field to this effect. And he believes his side's inability to prevent the ball coming in to the box ultimately cost them the game.

"It's a team that you need to find the balance between attacking and defending," said the Sea Robbers' boss.

"And when you are shocked with conceding immediately and you come back and you have the advantage, you need to close the game. We needed to block the crosses.

"This was the instruction we sent on to the field with a couple of few love letters on to the field. Unfortunately that one ball cost us expensively. But it's football, you have to accept.

"It won't affect them. All we have asked of our players is to give everything, respect the badge, respect the jersey, the supporters. Give your best and football will pay you back. Unfortunately today, it didn't pay us back. We disrespected two balls in to the box and we have paid expensively. We need to continue next Saturday where we stopped today and think of nothing but that game."