Orlando Pirates coach Micho deflects blame off strikers
Posted: 7 December 2017 Time: 10:15
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic says the responsibility of scoring goals at the club does not rest solely with the strikers.
The Buccaneers have only netted nine times in 13 league matches this season, most recently firing blanks in a goalless draw with SuperSport United in Soweto on Tuesday.
For his side to score more goals, Sredojevic said he wants to see more players making box entries.
"There is a consecutive thinking that scoring in today's football is belonging only to the strikers,” said the Serbian, whose top scorers are forwards Thamsanqa Gabuza and Thabo Qalinge on three goals apiece.
"Defence is very tight, people are providing iron defending. Usually is always double on defending the strikers and when you have such a situation, then other players need to come to the party with late runs. We are inviting wingers with fullbacks.
"Even Thabo Matlaba came in with a chance against SuperSport and we need to provide firepower in all football angles."
'Micho' has confidence in his players and believes things will soon change for the better.
"I have the highest possible degree of respect to the players. I have absolute trust and confidence in the players and the work we do and I'm convinced that we shall focus now on these two remaining matches and we will see later what will happen.
"However, we want to build a game model where it is not everything on the shoulders of the strikers expecting to score but to come from other unexpected sources, and even coming from central defenders, fullbacks, wingers and midfielders coming in with late runs.
"I believe that we are having a team that is a work in progress. Players are really working very hard and I'm giving them credit for everything.
"This is not a button where you press it and everything is sorted. You need to have repetition so that it becomes a habit and culture of doing things the way we want them to go."