Bucs fail to pounce on Down's loss: As long as we're not losing, says Palacios

2012-04-24 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Orlando Pirates coach Augusto Palacios says back-to-back goalless draws have in no way derailed the team’s PSL title challenge.

The Buccaneers had a great chance to stretch their lead at the top of the Premiership standings to four points following Mamelodi Sundowns’ 1-0 defeat at Maritzburg United, but the they were unable to find a way past a resolute Bidvest Wits on Saturday evening.

That result marked the Soweto giants’ second successive goalless draw, the first coming against Moroka Swallows last week, but Palacios said that if his side were not losing, then they were collecting valuable points.

“We are still on top of the table, correct?” Palacios said. “We are accumulating points. We have our destiny firmly in our own hands. We don’t care what happens with the other contenders. The most important thing is not to lose.”

Pirates face a tricky run-in to the season’s climax, away to Ajax Cape Town on Friday at 8 pm, followed by another trip, to SuperSport United, the following Tuesday.

The defending champions will have to do without midfield maestro Oupa Manyisa through suspension this weekend, but Palacios was confident he had the players capable of filling the void.

“We have a difficult game coming up [against Ajax], but I am not worried about Manyisa’s suspension. We have 35 players. Our strength is in our depth,” he added.

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