Everyone blames coach when things go wrong – Vermezovic

2014-12-03 13:38

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Orlando Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic remains dissatisfied with his team’s form following their 2-1 defeat to Maritzburg United.

“I don’t understand how a team with so much experience can concede a goal in the second minute and 45th minute, before half-time. That’s unacceptable for me,” Vermezovic said.

Pirates head into the much-anticipated clash against Kaizer Chiefs on the back foot after they were trumped at home.

To the fury of the Buccaneers fans, the team was comprehensively beaten by United at the FNB Stadium last night.

After the defeat, Vermezovic was pelted with objects by a disgruntled group of supporters at the stadium who called for his dismissal.

Vermezovic lamented the thankless job of a coach.

“It’s always the coach who is guilty when things go wrong,” he said.

“When things are good it is the players. This was a game with too many mistakes. We must go on and focus on the next game. We have a few days to prepare now for the Chiefs game.”

Vermezovic said he would not be consumed by the demands of disillusioned fans and would focus on preparing for the derby.

“I’m doing my job in my way and if it is not enough then somebody must decide it. So we will see what happens.

“It’s normal for supporters to be unhappy when the team loses the game. The first thing that comes to their mind is the coach.”

United coach Steve Komphela said the win could be attributed to his team executing their tactical master-plan to perfection.

“We could not expose our defenders to one-on-ones. Each time their wingers got the ball we reinforced the defence,” Komphela said.

The former Bafana Bafana mentor praised his players’ mental strength and fitness.

“You cannot defend for so long without the right physical conditioning because it takes a strong mental capacity to do so, which is why all along we have been striving for a strong mind,” Khompela said.

“The players showed a willingness to bounce back.”

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