Zinnbauer questions Hunt's setup?


Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer was disappointed to end up on the losing side in the Soweto Derby after finding it 'difficult' to score against Kaizer Chiefs.

Chiefs grinded out a narrow 1-0 win over Pirates to end their six-game winless run in the league courtesy of a stunning over-head kick goal by Samir Nurkovic in the second stanza.

"Very disappointed, the target was three points, the possibilities [were] big for us, we lead the game, we controlled the game, one mistake," Zinnbauer told SuperSport TV.

"We know the set-pieces, the corners, second ball we [spoke] about this, one second not ready and then they score. It's a quality we know before.

"The shots we had at goal is not enough to score and the performance was not the best but it was enough you can win the three points. This is the point that makes me upset a little bit," he said.

"They fought but we found not the normal performance we did before, this is the problem a little bit, we know the quality from Kaizer Chiefs, we know they score. It's very difficult to score against Kaizer Chiefs, what they have at the back with these headers, it's very difficult, we know it, we tried but not enough to win us the three points."

Zinnbauer was left frustrated by Hunt's tactics of playing a "deep block" on their home turf and he says he cannot imagine himself doing that.

"We saw in the first-half we don't have enough power in the final third, it's possible the game gives us the information, it's possible they stay very deep most of the time with a low block.

"And this was the reason we wanted a little bit of offense, 'Figo' [Linda Mntambo] and Ntsiki [Ntsikelelo Nyauza] were not bad in the game but we needed more... Dlamini you always find in the small space, solution, Ndlovu played very well in the last game as a full-back. This was the reason, not that 'Ntsiki' or Linda was bad, this was only for tactical aspects," he said.

"We won before three games against Kaizer Chiefs, the supporters were happy, this is football if you don't have the right performance in the right day and you don't have the luck...

"I don't know they had chances yes but it's not normal you play a counter-attack play at home, for me sorry, it's not possible for me. As a coach, a home game and I play a deep block.

"But the system gives Kaizer Chiefs the right, they won the game, we lost the game. The last three games [were] right today we lost but this is football. You have to win, we say it before, the target is three points for the supporters, a big chance you jump into second place, this is the next point [step] and 100 derbies, this is 100 percent what the players want but it was not our day today," he added.

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