Fadlu disappointed with Bucs' finishing


Orlando Pirates co-coach Fadlu Davids admitted it was disappointing his side did not convert the chances they had in the first half after the 0-0 draw with Maritzburg United.

Pirates created their best opportunities in the opening stanza with Tshegofatso Mabasa, Thabang Monare and Terrence Dzvukamanja all squandering chances.

The Sea Robbers were unable to break down Maritzburg even when they were down to ten men for the last half an hour and Davids paid credit to the Team of Choice's defensive structure. But he also wanted his side to show more creativity and ingenuity.

"Quite disappointing in the first half not to take advantage of the opportunities we created," Davids told SuperSport TV.

"Of course, on the other hand you have to give credit to the opponent for their defensive display.

"Yes, they never had a shot on target or disturbed our goalkeeper, but then it falls on us to be able to unlock the defensive line. Of course with them playing four centre-backs, they changed to the second half with five at the back you need to be creative and unlock the defensive block you are presented with.

"We tried to go through the centre, not possible. We tried to go with extreme width. Not really possible. And very unfortunate not to get the goal to unlock the game."

The Bucs mentor also refused to blame the result on a host of players missing out or fatigue from their CAF Confederations Cup commitments at the weekend.

"We don't really want to complain about our players that are not available," said Davids. "We want to put the trust in the players that are available. Of course the line-ups are changing because of CAF last week. Players not registered, joining us too late. And now yes you make a lot of changes. It's about juggling the squad. Not crying about players not here and really putting trust in the players to produce results."

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