Micho has Pirates concerns

Telkom Knockout

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The log leaders were held to a goalless stalemate by Maritzburg United in Soweto this past weekend, leaving them a point ahead of Bidvest Wits, who have two games in hand.

Micho was looking for another positive result ahead of Saturday's Telkom Knockout final with Baroka in Port Elizabeth, having seen his side register a 5-1 rout of Seychelles' Light Stars in their CAF Champions League opener last week. 

"We did not get what we wanted to use this match as a preparation for the return leg in Seychelles and in the Telkom Knockout," Sredojevic said.

"We did not succeed. We need to go back because when it happens the first time, you say it is an accident. The second time, coincidence. But this is our fourth draw at home. We need to be self-critical and look at ourself where is the problem.

"Why are we not converting what we are creating? Why are we having four draws and always in those draws we are dominating teams? Those are eight points dropped in each match, two out of four. And this is something we need to look at critically as the second round comes because the last match we are playing against Free State Stars.

"We need to use Orlando stadium as a fortress where it is hard to come and hard to survive not being beaten."

Pirates have now failed to score in their last two Absa Premiership matches against Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg, but Micho retains faith their finishing will improve.

"We fired blanks in the last two matches but in other matches we have shown that we can score. The players are working in their confidence in finishing, the angle of positioning, the technique of finishing. We believe in times ahead of us we will show some significance."