Pirates suffer another home defeat

2014-01-18 18:13

Third time unlucky for Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates suffered a third defeat at home following a 1-2 loss to SuperSport United at Orlando Stadium today.

The defeat means Pirates missed out on a chance to move up to mid-table with five matches in hand as they are still behind with games because of their campaign in the CAF Champions League last year.

A late effort by Happy Jele was too little too late for the Buccaneers after goals from Mame Niang and debutant Dino Ndlovu put United ahead.

Pirates coach Roger De Sa conceded that goalscoring remains his side’s weakest point, given the glut of chances Pirates fluffed when they were the better team in the opening half.

This included an effort from Kermit Erasmus on the stroke of half-time.

United hardly troubled the hosts in the opening half and it was after they introduced Niang at restart that they invaded Bucs’ goal area.

“We controlled the game in the first 45 minutes and we should have done better with the half-chances we got,” said De Sa at a post-match conference.

“They brought in Niang and their first two crosses [at the start of the second half] were goals.”

United coach Cavin Johnson said he was satisfied with the performances of his new acquisitions, Ndlovu and Lebogang Manyama.

“Manyama has good feet, good vision and it was a pity that his team-mates didn’t complement him,” said Johnson, who, with this victory, took his side to a fourth place on the Absa Premiership table.

Johnson also criticised the state of the pitch, which had a huge patch on one side of the goals.

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