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Pirates settled the score with Sundowns

Written By Themba Khumalo on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 | Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Orlando Pirates managed to avenge Mamelodi Sundowns with similar score-line attained by The Brazilians at Orlando Stadium after beating them 1-0 at Loftus Stadium courtesy of a lone goal scored by the man of the match Khethowakhe Masuku.

Pirates caretaker coach Eric Tinkler was very satisfied with the tactical discipline demonstrated by his boys in the game.  He praised the defence excellent performance and heroic performance by goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa which contributed to a second clean sheet in a row.

Tinkler was happy that the boys defended set pieces well with full concentration throughout the game. He attributed the victory to the hard work done in the morning of the game whilst strengthening the defence and rectifying silly mistakes which contributed in conceding soft goals from set piece against Thanda Royal Zulu over the weekend.

Tinkler was thrilled with tactical discipline and commitment demonstrated by the boys against Sundowns.

“This victory will lift the morale very high, we always knew we could get the positive results against them, it was just about turning that corner. We have been working hard at training. Players played according to the tactical instructions, there was great tactical discipline from everybody, and the work rate was phenomenal.”

On different note from the game, Tinkler said that Pirates has no space for superstars. Lehlohonolo Majoro has to work hard like any other players to be considered in the starting eleven.

“Majoro will be joining us at training as from this Wednesday, but like everybody else he has to prove himself and work extremely hard to get into the squad. In my opinion, and I know it is also the club’s opinion, there is no space for superstars here – everybody must put in the same amount of work, and he needs to do the same. If he does that he will play … it’s as simple as that.”

On the other hand, the stressed Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane attributed his defeat to losing of his key players such as Alje Schut, Khama Billiat, Katlego Mashego and Cuthbert Malajila.

The team missed the creative moves of Billiat, the aerial potential Schut during set piece against a vulnerable Pirates and composure coupled with goalscoring techniques of Mashego and Malajila.

“It is a very sad that we didn't have our players.  The Khama issue has cost us. We don't have another Khama, we don't have other players like him. When Mashego plays, when Schut plays, when Billiat plays we are a different team.”

Mosimane applauded Rodney Ramagalela for the fighting spirit and never say die attitude despite playing as alone striker without adequate ball supply and necessary support. He was happy with the performance of Ramagalela who gave Pirates defence tough times with his non-stop runs and defence penetration skills.

The victory against Sundowns moved Pirates to 6th in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) log with 27 points whilst Sundowns is still at the second spot but trailing Kaizer Chiefs by 9 points with a game in hand.

By Owen Mundalamo
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