Micho stresses Bucs self-focus

Pirates missed an opportunity to edge closer to Absa Premiership log leaders Bidvest Wits as they suffered a second successive defeat and subsequently saw their run of 15 domestic games without defeat come to an end.

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The Buccaneers now remain in third position and four points behind the front-runners following their catch-up fixture at the Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday, but Sredojevic refused to consider their rivals in the bigger scheme of the title race while ruing Happy Jele’s missed penalty.

“First of all, we’re not thinking about anyone else except ourselves. We prepared ourselves very well and knew that one moment of brilliance could decide the game,” said Micho.

“Our first-half was not good enough because we had so many turnovers, when we were supposed to keep the ball under easy circumstances.

“However, when we lost the ball, we allowed the opponents to counter-attack, but at half-time we corrected that and decided to go with more possession and take better care of the ball.

“We also looked to be more adventurous in going towards the opponent’s goal, and that penalty, which we unfortunately missed, was supposed to be the turning point in the game.

“In the end we lost the game, which is a set-back for us, but now the masterpiece is in how we pull ourselves up, forgetting this match and thinking about AmaZulu on Saturday.”

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