Micho admits mental CT block


The Buccaneers were booted out of the Nedbank Cup following a 1-0 loss to Cape Town City midweek, recording a second loss in succession in the Cape after January’s Absa Premiership humbling at the hands of Ajax Cape Town.

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Having been beaten 3-0 in that encounter against the Urban Warriors, Pirates have now conceded four and scored none in their two matches in Cape Town this year, a stat which “Micho” admits is worrying.

“That was our second match in Cape Town, and it’s becoming a question for us – we’re going there, and in two matches have not scored a goal,” the Pirates coach said. “It’s definitely something we need to look at, maybe mentally and the way us teams from Johannesburg play in Cape Town.”

The Sea Robbers have one more match scheduled in the Mother City – a potential league-decider against Cape Town City on 28 April – the penultimate match day of the 2017/18 season – should the Bucs still be in the title race at the time.

Despite Sredojevic refusing to look too far ahead to that encounter, he admits that he’ll need to tweak a number of aspects in his team to prevent a third successive defeat in the Cape. 

“Regarding that match, we will think about it when it comes, but at the moment, there are certain aspect we need to do in order to prepare for that game, hoping that we shall still be in contention at that time,” he said.

“But we have no right to look ahead one-and-a-half months in advance – it’s a huge period of time, where we need to improve our football, and focus on the next game in front of us.

“You cannot look at a favourite venue or not … football is the same everywhere, so we’d rather look at the technical aspects, to improve our defending and not concede the way we have, against the run of play in four occasions. So I don’t want to think about what has been behind [in the past], but we need to look forward on how to handle this issue.”

Sredojevic’s focus is now on Saturday’s Absa Premiership encounter against Golden Arrows, taking place at Princess Magogo Stadium at 20h15.

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