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Thabo Matlaba slams poor Orlando Pirates defending in Maritzburg United loss

Posted: 14 December 2016 Time: 08:35

Thabo Matlaba felt the game was easy for Orlando Pirates last night but they just gave Maritzburg United three points after failing to do basics.

The Buccaneers fell apart early in the second half as centre-backs Bevan Fransman and Brian Onyango were allowed the freedom of the area to put the Team of Choice 2-0 up.

Ayanda Nkosi scored with a brilliant strike late in the game but it was too little, too late at that point.

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“We made it difficult for ourselves, the game was easy for us but we let Maritzburg score those two goals, it was easy goals to score,” Matlaba said on SuperSport last night.

“We have to mark in our box but we didn’t mark. Us defenders, we have to go back and rectify our mistakes, that’s where goals happen, 90 percent in the box, so we have to mark there, but we didn’t mark.”

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Matlaba explained further: “I think it’s lack of communication, it’s lack of marking in the box, we have to be tight, their centre-back came straight making a movement into the box, straight, and he scored the goal.

“We can’t let these things happen, we need to close them down, but we’ll go back to training and rectify them.”

‘Festival’ admitted it was lousy birthday present after he turned 29 on Wednesday but had to go home thinking about Pirates’ fourth game in a row without a win.

“Yes of course [it’s not a happy birthday now]. We were supposed to win this game but it’s not all about me, it’s about the team so we tried our best but we’ll go back to the drawing board and do better,” he concluded.

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