Zinnbauer puzzled by Pirates' display


Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer was puzzled as to how his side could produce such contrasting performances in either half of the 1-1 draw with Stellenbosch FC.

Pirates were well below-par in the first half, but took the lead against the run of play before Stellies equalised five minutes before half-time.

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Zinnbauer made three changes at the break, bringing on Zakhele Lepasa, Thabiso Monyane and Dzvukamanja for an injured Gabadinho Mhango and ineffectual Deon Hotto and Kabelo Dlamini. And the Bucs were much improved in the second period, but still could not find the elusive winner.

"I'm not happy with the first half. But we demonstrated what's possible in the second half, what we can do," the German tactician told SuperSport TV.

"This is something I don't understand. First half, not playing, no build-up, no defensive structure. And then in the second half, you see all that we can do.

"What we have to do in 90 minutes, you get the answer in the second half. It's not possible you can play 45 minutes with such a performance and get three points. These are the things we have to change.

"I say it again. First half, I don't understand this football we played and then in the second half. But it was not enough for three points.

"As a coach I don't understand.

When asked why the difference in the performance between the two halves was so large, Zinnbauer said:

"It's five minutes after the game. We analyse the game, we find the key. But as a coach I don't understand, why we don't play for the whole 90 minutes. We can say now it's substitutes. But the other players on the field have the same quality.

"I think we need a wake up call. It's not possible to go in to a game so casually. This is my meaning. You see what we can do. You see it. And this is the things I don't understand. But we come back.

When asked if he was happy with 1-1, Zinnbauer said: "No, I'm not happy with a point. It's clear. The performance I can live with but we need more points, you need three points it's a home game. But that's football. We have one point. We have to work on the next game now.

"Yes, it's a cup game, a MTN8 game. It's important to focus on the next game. But also the league is important. We have to play well in the league.

"We have to see what happens with Gaba, he had an injury. But Lepasa made a good game, and Terrence after coming in."