Goals from Musa Nyatama and Justin Shonga guided Pirates to a 2-1 win over Free State Stars on Saturday evening.
“In the first half we played the way we wanted to play. We knew that the opponent was going to play with a reinforced defence. It was very hard to penetrate them but at least we had possessed the ball and created some chances that were not converted,” ‘Micho’ described the first half in his post match interview on SuperSport TV.
“At halftime we saw what our problems were and allowed the full-backs to go high up the field providing that edge that was the missing factor in the first half.
“We have done exactly this with quick fire goals with a two goal lead that guaranteed us peaceful ending of the match. But how is it in football, we had chances and scored a goal that was disallowed that I believe should not have been disallowed but that’s the decision of the referee we have to respect,” he continued.
“We had a situation where 2-0 is the most dangerous result, 2-1 brings you on the back foot, you’re fearing not to lose what you already have. I want to give credit to the boys, they fought. This is their third match in seven days, let us put it on that account that they have been tired in the last 15 minutes. But three points are three points, we shall pick it up and move on.”
The Serbian born tactician explained that their previous three games were the “three doors of hell” they had to go through before heading to the “doors of heaven.”
“I told them we need to open the three doors of hell. It was not easy playing against [Bidvest] Wits, winning, against Black Leopards winning and today to win. I need to give credit to the players we have opened.
“Now we’re seeing on the horizon the doors of heaven. But still feet on the ground, respect all the opponents we’ll play against, Maritzburg [United] fighting relegation, Cape Town [City] and the last match against Polokwane City here.
“The mathematics is simple; ours is to take every match as it comes and take every match as a cup final,” he said