Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic delighted with the Buccaneers' attitude
Posted: 15 April 2018 Time: 09:30
Despite dropping points against SuperSport United in their midweek Absa Premiership goalless draw, Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has been impressed with his side's never-say-die attitude.
In recent matches the Buccaneers have shown resilience, and Sredojevic believes this will be crucial in their last four games of the season as they try pip log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns to championship gold.
“This is exactly the biggest benefit,” Sredojevic said. “We have just started to be together this year and we've gone with steps of seven miles, though we have not reached where we want. But you see the progress in that aspect and we really take care of every single detail.
“I need to give credit to my brother [assistant coach] Rhulani Mokwena regarding that aspect of awareness from the point of knowing everything about the opponents, and looking to correct ourselves in order to be from match to match better.
“To be mentally strong, physically fit, technically effective and tactically competitive. All these aspects is something injecting us with motivation to work harder and to improve more, and to move our team where we want to play.
“I'm convinced that such an approach of 'never say die, never say give up' will pay us back in the matches ahead of us.”
The Serbian, however, lamented his team's return of 10 draws this season. He feels eight of those should have been comfortable victories.
“All the draws that we have played and I think this is the 10th draw. I believe that eight of them we were supposed to win convincingly. And then when you look at that, it is what I call the process. We have no right to look back at what happened but to look forward in what will happen in the next match.
“We had a setback after playing against Golden Arrows and then came a FIFA international break. In three weeks we've been a little bit rusty from a competitive aspect in our last match [against Bloemfontein Celtic] and we were grounding out results.
“Against SuperSport United, the football was much better but it did not pay us back from what we've invested as a profit through results. But we shall pick this and we shall learn the lessons and move forward.”
Bucs next face AmaZulu on today at King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban.