Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic satisfied with Orlando Pirates showing against Chippa United
Posted: 19 August 2017 Time: 21:12
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic praised his side's showing against Chippa United but still feels they lack the confidence necessary to play "attractive" football.
Pirates edged out The Chilli Boys, thanks to a solitary goal from Thamsanqa Gabuza, in their own backyard on Saturday evening.
Speaking to SuperSport TV, 'Micho' expressed his satisfaction at the way his side grinded out the result, while admitting delight at Innocent Maela's debut performance.
"A very hard game, we are lacking self-confidence individually and as a team. We came into this game with the intention to win and gain confiedence," said Micho.
"I'm happy with the commitment, dedication and hard work of the team, but we need to be clinical, there was so many things that we really need to improve.
"But confidence is coming up only when you're winning. A very nice goal from a training situation, I'm very happy for Innocent Maela – his first match in the PSL – that he assisted and Gabuza scored.
"I'm very happy with the hard work of all the team members, we played against a very good team and I believe we deservedly won this game."
The Serbian tactician also admitted that his side are still a shadow of themselves, but believes the brand of football Pirates fans know and love will soon return.
"Like any team, we are dreaming of having creative build-ups and dangerous attacks and, whenever we lose the ball, in transition to defend in numbers and as a team," he added.
"This is exactly where we need to improve. We need to defend by attacking, this is a big team that demands of you to be in attack all the time, and today we showed in the dying moments how we really wanted to win the game as a team.
"This was to give us confidence, but better football and attacking football will come when we have gained that confidence."