By Staff Writer
Orlando Pirates a 1-0 loss against SuperSport United on Wednesday evening. Head coach Milutin Sredojevic has labeled his team loss a ‘set back’.
SuperSport claimed the lead in the 65th minute thanks to a Clayton Daniels header. Pirates had an opportunity to level the score by getting a penalty caused by Evans Rusike. However, Happy Jele failed to see the back of the net from the awarded penalty.
Speaking to SuperSport TV, Sredojevic said:
“It’s not pleasant to come in front of you.
“We had a plan to dominate possession, control the space, control the numbers. In the first half we had so many possession turnovers from the players that were banking they were going to control the game.
“From those turnovers the opponent opened some counter-attacks. At half-time we had agreed to correct that and not allow it to happen.
“In the first half it was like weight of expectations, anxiety brought us to making mistakes that are not natural. It looked like we were too much under stress in any way.
“At half-time we relaxed the situation and put on a team to play the way we know how to play – to control.
“Unfortunately, in a moment where we wanted to bring on the right player for [Abbubaker] Mobara, who was on a yellow card – [Asavela] Mbekile we conceded the corner-kick.
“And in that moment [after conceding the goal] we brought on players to affect the game, [Luvuyo] Memela, Thamsanqa Gabuza and Mpho Makola. They helped us to go on and attack in all cylinders.
“If we had scored on that penalty it would have changed the whole complexion of the game completely. However, we tried under difficult circumstances. I want to call this a setback.”