Micho: The players felt guilty

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Sredojevic surprisingly stuck to his guns for Pirates’ recent 2-1 victory away to Bakgaga on the weekend, even though the same players let slip a comfortable two-goal lead against The Citizens three days prior.

It almost cost the team once again, as their display on either side of the half-time break at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium mirrored that of their midweek clash, with the hosts almost pulling off a comeback in the second stanza.

However, the Serb felt empathy for his charges in the dressing room following last Wednesday’s disappointment, and thus offered them the opportunity to redeem themselves.

“Coming back to the dressing room after that result, we need to be honest and say the players' faces told us a thousand stories – they felt guilty that we had the result and didn’t retain the lead from the first-half,” Sredojevic explained.

“We saw it inside their eyes as the mirror of the soul, and also by their body language and facial expressions, that they were disappointed. So in order to redeem themselves we put the same line-up.

“Looking forward, now we have time to look at whatever was wrong to correct it, and whatever was right to keep it up.”

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While ‘Micho’ felt the result provided redemption he admitted that the performance was still not up to scratch, as he emphasised the focus on improving ahead of next month’s fixtures.

“From the point of the result it was redemption, but from the point of the second half [performance] it was not. But life is not a bed of roses, especially for us in football,” he said.

“We need to look critically at what was negative, try to improve that and use it as a platform to work on over the next 10 days preparing for the Golden Arrows and AmaZulu matches that we are having in the month of October.”

Pirates will now have 10 days to prepare for their next fixture due to the MTN8 final this weekend, before the international break then leads to another disruption of domestic action.

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