Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic reflects on Soweto Derby draw
Posted: 9 February 2019 Time: 15:22
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic was pleased with the character shown by his side to register a point against Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs.
Pirates failed to take full advantage of Bidvest Wits' slip up at Polokwane City as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with the AmaKhosi on Saturday afternoon.
“A tough competitive match, from the start the opponent has come out with that 4-4-2 in diamond and put four players to press us, we have not done well in being press-resistant and come out,” Sredojevic told SuperSport TV.
“Later on we came in the game and we had our own chances. However, at halftime we settled so that we matched everything on the field, like playing chess, a tactical game.
“When we had been on top our game what was supposed to be a foul for us ended being a penalty, I don’t want to comment about that. Being a goal down we didn’t give up, we showed the character and came out and scored that goal. We could have scored more. It was not meant to be, we wanted to win, we gave everything. However, it remains 1-1, we need to pick the pieces and look forward.”
Sredojevic also explained why he brought on Mpho Makola later in the second stanza in place of Xolani Mlambo.
“Mpho Makola with his experience in derby matches, has proven together with Ben Motshwari that they could handle the midfield so that we could deploy more attacking players upfront. He was exactly doing that job, a few turnovers that were unacceptable otherwise he was there to calm the game with his experience and put the game in the direction of our domination and looking for the equalising and winning goal.
“I need to give credit to the opponent, for a good game you need two good opponents, an extremely motivated opponent, losing in the streak of three times [in the past Sowet derbies]. Wiseman Meyiwa, we wish him speedy recovery [but] but it was an injection of extra motivation for them. We showed our character, we showed that we represent our supporters, the badge and the institution the best possible way. If we [had] to die, we would [die] to win but it was not meant to be,” he said.