JZ points out Pirates' defensive fix


Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has found the formula to his side’s defensive woes from earlier this season as he reserved praise for his charges’ tactical acumen.

Pirates took a quickfire 2-0 lead in the space of 10 minutes at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium last Saturday but upon the smell of blood were knocked back by Chippa’s Augustine Kwem, who halved their lead 10 minutes later.

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The Buccaneers' defence has come under continuous fire since last season, and have shown a knack for surrendering leads earlier on this season, which is in them having the worst defensive record out of the top seven sides on the Premiership log standings at present. 

Zinnbauer admitted that after going 2-0 up his side grew complacent, but what impressed him was their resilience as they managed the game for the remaining 60 minutes to ensure their fifth win in a row.

“We have a good team in the moment, the spirit is good and we work well with and without the ball, which is important for the results and success at the moment,” explained Zinnbauer.

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“First half we had a lot of chances, and it’s normal that the team goes out [at half-time] and thinks, ‘Okay, it’s easy here.’ We had a lot of chances and more were coming.

“But we’ve worked for this, and the opponent had a sniff at goal and then all of a sudden it’s not so easy, the opponent is not so bad – they have a good team on the field.

“And then for us it became very important to work very well defensively, and then you saw we were a unit and the opponent had not a lot of big chances – we have more.

“We then said, okay, we’ll play defensively and switched to their counter-attack, but we couldn’t score so it was important to stay defensively solid. But congrats to the team.”

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