'Don’t count your chickens against Bucs'


Highlands Park coach Owen Da Gama believes that once Orlando Pirates start to click, teams will get hidings.

Ahead of their Absa Premiership match at Makhulong Stadium tonight (19h30), Da Gama is not taking anything lightly despite Pirates' poor run of results.

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The Buccaneers have endured a torrid time this season with results not coming as they would have hoped, winning just two of their eight league matches.

After a shock 1-0 defeat to newcomers Stellenbosch on Saturday, Da Gama feels they were unlucky to lose that match and is prepared for anything.

"That doesn't come easy, they are a fantastic team. They had 27 chances against Stellenbosch [32 shots at goal] and it was not their day," Da Gama said.

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"But it is going to be a difficult and hard game. So playing against Pirates after playing against Mamelodi Sundowns six days later, it is another experience for the boys."

Highlands Park have already beaten Pirates this season when they knocked them out of the MTN8.

In fact, the Buccaneers are yet to beat the Lions of the North since they were promoted last season with two draws and one defeat in all competitions.

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"If you count your chickens before they hatch, you will get a hiding," Da Gama warned.

"Obviously their morale is very low, things are not happening the way it should be. With us, we are a little bit there, we are not where we want to be.

"When you play Pirates whether they win or lose, they are a good team it's just that one or two things are not clicking. But once they do that you are in trouble.

"We are under no illusion that we are playing a team that lost."