Micho hints at Sandilands retention

Pirates are set to return to action with their next Absa Premiership outing away to Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The hot topic is undoubtedly what action will be taken following Sandilands’ horrendous mistake that led to the team drawing 1-1 with Highlands, who failed to register a single shot at goal throughout the match, over the weekend.

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The 34-year-old has been the subject of mass criticism after allowing a back-pass from Gladwin Shitolo to slip past his legs, as he miscued his left-footed clearance at the near-post, and into the goal just 15 minutes into the encounter at Orlando Stadium.

Boos and calls for a substitution from the stands followed suit, but this did not pressurise the Bucs technical team into taking drastic action as they stood behind the beleaguered shot-stopper, who committed an infamous blunder last season too.

“Before being the coach, I already mentioned last year but I will repeat, I am also a supporter and I feel like a supporter [of Pirates],” stressed ‘Micho’. 

“However, some of us being technical people, we need to be cool-headed and not react by emotions, cutting off whatever we see [to be wrong].

“We need to have a cool head, think about it and have respect towards our colleague [Sandilands] that we had put in goals. It’s just unfortunate that it happened and we could not return it.”

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In the second half on Saturday evening, the team was seen to resume their build-up play from the back, with Sandilands still being involved in a number of back-passes.

The Serbian tactician explained that this was important as the team ought to show support for a teammate in distress, regardless of the outcome of their mistakes.

“Yes, the supporters had been on his back, it was not easy. In the second half, with the support of his teammates, they protected him in a proper way from conceding anymore goals,” he added.

“I’m very happy the way the team reacted. We showed that we need to answer to any problem as a team.”

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Whether Sandilands will retain his place this evening remains to be seen, but Sredojevic made it clear that the technical team will not act in a rash manner.