Zinnbauer defends Pirates' slump


Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has moved to defend the team's slump that have resulted in just one win in their last five matches.

Pirates have seen a decline in form since the turn of the year, having collected just five points from a possible 15, after initially stringing together a 12-game unbeaten run at the start of the season.

Following their latest goalless stalemate against Golden Arrows on Wednesday, the Buccaneers have also dropped to sixth place on the DStv Premiership table.

While conceding that "small things" have hampered the team's progress, Zinnbauer insisted they are in need of victory in the next game in order to turn things around once again.

"I think it's a lot of small things for a club like Orlando Pirates [to go] up and then down," defended Zinnbauer on Wednesday.

"You have games that you lead but it's possible you can lose, and [other times] you play a bad game but you can win the game.

"The last game was really a bad performance [against Black Leopards], but today was much better and we had opportunities – that's the things that we need to have.

"In the moment, not the best [form]... But for me the focus is on Saturday, we win one game and then it's coming 100 percent, and that's the focus I have.

"You cannot change the games that have passed, we can work on the post-match now and we can work on a little bit of improvement, but we have not time for big training sessions.

"But for me it was good to see we have opportunities and we can also run and change, with other guys getting minutes, and that's important for us. The points will come."

Pirates next visit Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday at 17h00.

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