PERHAPS the Christmas recess was what Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic needs as he struggles to get his team ticking.
Pirates problems in front of goal was again their downfall during the 2-1 defeat to Free State Stars at Goble Park on Saturday. As they head to the recess having won just once in their last eight matches, Sredojevic will have a lot of thinking to do for his side to turn their fortunes around when they return.
“It was not easy playing against Free State Stars, very organised defensive oriented team which looked to play on counter attacks,” Sredojevic said. “In that regard, we have dominated in the first half but not that much. Second half, we improved by creating many chances and when we supposed to score and lead the game we conceded the goal against run of play.
“Immediately we responded and after doing so, we were pushing to win because we were not happy with a draw. “We have had intentions to win and in that regard, when you attack you are exposing the space behind from one of the counter attacks where I believe there was a foul on our goalkeeper when they scored the second goal.”
What has been a concern for Sredojevic also is the fact that his side hardly score more than two goals in a match. They scored two goals or more on only two occasions this season – against Polokwane City in the league and cup games.
If teams score two goals against Pirates their chances of winning the match are high. “We tried everything to get an equaliser and football showed us that it is not about how you dominate. It is not about what we play because when is question of domination and the quality of play, I believe that we have completely out played opponents.
“However, we have been outscored and we have showed that we know how to play football. “We need to learn how to compete and we need to be more clinical not to allow the situation like this occur to us because all the domination and the quality play has gone away because football is cruel and unpredictable game because you don’t get what you deserve. “This is a learning process and learning curve.
“We are working in progress, we need to improve a lot from a point of defending with high defence and also reaching the last third to be much more effective in active space attacking the goal and creating even more chances because if we are not scoring from this amount of chances, then we need to create more so that we succeed from what we want to get that is to score more goals.”