Orlando Pirates' Milutin Sredojevic takes out positives from Mamelodi Sundowns draw

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Though Pirates extended their winless run at home to Sundowns to eight matches in all competitions – dating back to August 2011, their goalless draw showed some positive signs of the club’s rise, according to Sredojevic.

The end-to-end affair saw both sides carve out numerous scoring chances, but ultimately good defence and goalkeeping denied a packed Orlando Stadium any elation.

Looking beyond the result though, Micho felt his side proved they are back to where they belong in as far as stature and competitive level are concerned. 

“I personally believe that the first match we played against Sundowns [this season] and this second game, this is a totally upside-down situation compared to that of 2016/17,” the Serbian tactician told the media after the match.

“Whoever has football eyes can see that Pirates have become a recognised force in South African football, from the point of performance and results.”

Sredojevic did, however, admit that the scoreline could have been better, though he took solace in the fact that a draw keeps The Buccaneers in this season’s exciting Absa Premiership title race.

“It could be much better, but when I look at everything, this match was one where the only thing we needed was not to lose. If we had lost, we are then [out of the title race],” he added. 

“However, we have not lost, but with everything we did on the field, it injected us with confidence, self-belief and team belief that will help us [give] everything it takes to be equal competitors with others in the remaining six games.

“Because when you are outplaying, but unfortunately not outscoring, your direct opposition [in the title race], you have a million and one reasons to be proud.”