Sandilands rues bitter-sweet return

Sandilands recently made his return to the Pirates line-up following his massive blunder that saw Highlands Park earn a 1-1 draw despite failing to register a single shot at goal at the Orlando Stadium in their season-opening encounter back in August.

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The 35-year-old made his return in The Buccaneers’ goalless draw at home to Esperance in the CAF Champions' League at the start of February and has played every game since.

He was a key figure in both the 2-0 defeat away to the Tunisian giants last Tuesday and again in their 1-0 Absa Premiership defeat to SuperSport United last night, pulling off a number of crucial saves to keep his side in the game.

Though having welcomed his long-awaited return to first team action, the former Mamelodi Sundowns gloveman has insisted it has been bitter-sweet given the team’s recent results.

“I think, for me, it’s nice to be playing again and being able to help the team as best as I can, but at the end of the day it’s not an individual sport,” Sandilands told PiratesTV.

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“It kind of hurts that the results haven’t been going our way, but we’ve got to be able to show up to the big games and make sure that we get the results we want and keep fighting.

“And we now need to make sure we pick ourselves up and, come Saturday against AmaZulu, that we do better.”

Sandilands, who also claimed the man of the match accolade out at the Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday evening, conceded that the overall performance from the team was just not up to standard.

“Yeah, it’s a bit disappointing with the result, I don’t think we were good enough overall during the 90 minutes,” he added.

“I think we gave the ball away a little too much with a lot of turnovers [of possession], and you know SuperSport are a team that’s good on transition and counter-attack.

“Unfortunately, we weren’t at the races, but we’ve got to make sure we lift ourselves up and get better, so we can finish the season stronger.”

Bucs next host Usuthu in Soweto on Saturday evening (20h15).

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