Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic felt narrow win over Ajax Cape Town shows Orlando Pirates are still fearful
Posted: 14 September 2017 Time: 09:30
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic admits his side are still haunted by "the ghosts of past" as he works on easing the fear of failure.
Pirates are unbeaten this season with two wins and a draw. However, they have only scored once in each game and 'Micho' suspects his men are still feeling the effects of their dismal campaign last term where they failed to finish inside the top eight for the first time in PSL history.
“The ghosts of past are still chasing us a bit, they are still present with us. It will be much easier and different if one of those ghosts stood, then we can play a different way,” said Sredojevic following a 1-0 win over Ajax Cape Town in Soweto on Tuesday night.
“However, it is deep in the mind of the players that we have only one goal and cautiously this pulls you back to protect this small credit that you have throughout the match to not throw it away.
“That ghosts of past are that this team has conceded so many goals in last minutes and we will work very hard to get it right.”
Nevertheless, the Serbian believes registering results is the best way to gain confidence.
“There is no better way of gaining confidence and lifting the quality of performance of football and also results than when winning becomes a habit. Once you achieve that, things will go the way you want,” he said.
“These players, they really want to turn the corner. They are desperate, they work very hard and they want to prove the point that they are not by accident at the club.
“This is my personal evaluation that I have seen and I feel honoured and privileged of being their coach, because when you see someone showing the signs of really wanting to work it’s pleasing.”
The Buccaneers next visit Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday.