Pirates to switch style

2012-08-25 00:00

ORLANDO Pirates and SuperSport United will have another chance to produce a winner when they meet in the second leg of their MTN8 semi-final tie at the Orlando Stadium at 8.15 tonight.

The two sides played to a 0-0 draw in the first leg, which took place at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday, and then went on to repeat the same result in their league encounter on Wednesday night.

Both encounters were characterised by bruising midfield battles with neither side allowing the other too much time on the ball, and although there were some scoring chances, most of them were wide of the target.

SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt felt that his side had done enough to get positive results, and will now look to be more effective in the game which will decide the team which will go into the final.

“Both sides were poor [on Wednesday]. You could already see that second game has taken its toll, I don’t know what’s going to happen on Saturday,” said Hunt.

“I thought in the second half we were much better; we looked better, and how some of those balls from set-plays didn’t go in, I don’t know.”

Hunt said of tonight’s game that his side were not going to make significant tactical changes, but would have to be more effective.

“We’re not going to do anything differently, we’ll just keep going, keep battling away and hopefully we can play a bit better.”

Despite the consecutive goalless stalemates, Pirates coach Augusto Palacios praised his side for continuing to play attacking football.

“We created chances, we tested the goalkeeper and we were right in the box,” said Palacios. “We must keep working hard and the goals will come; it’s part of football.”

Unlike his counterpart, Palacios promised a different approach from his side when they take the field tonight.

“We know the type of football SuperSport play, we have the team, we gave some players a rest for the game and on Saturday we are coming with a different formation and a different way to win the game.”

Both sides had a man sent off during the first leg, SuperSport losing midfielder Edwin Gyimah, while Pirates lost defender Rooi Mahamutsa towards the end of the match, and both players are set to miss this crucial encounter.

Tomorrow’s semi-final sees Moroka Swallows host Mamelodi Sundowns with the scores locked at 3-3 after the first leg.

MTN8 FIXTURES:

Today: Orlando Pirates v SuperSport United

Tomorrow: Moroka Swallows v Mamelodi Sundowns

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