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Joseph Zinnbauer delighted with win, but admits Orlando Pirates need to improve

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Josef Zinnbauer, coach of Orlando Pirates during the MTN8 quarter final between Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City on October 17, 2020 at Orlando stadium in Soweto, South Africa.
Josef Zinnbauer, coach of Orlando Pirates during the MTN8 quarter final between Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City on October 17, 2020 at Orlando stadium in Soweto, South Africa.
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Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer was happy to get off to a winning start against Cape Town City in an MTN8 quarter-final clash on Saturday but admitted that there was still much to improve on.

New signing Terrence Dzvukamanja scored the decisive goal of the game in a 1-0 win for the Buccaneers over a 10-man CT City side at Orlando Stadium.

The Citizens were reduced to ten men in the 32nd minute when striker Fagrie Lakay received a straight red card for a nasty studs up tackle.

Despite then dominating for large parts of the remainder of the match, Pirates failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage.

The German tactician was pleased with his side's win over what has proved to be a bogey side in CT City but did note that his side would have to become more ruthless to put teams away.

"We decided to play on the counter-attack [after CT City were reduced to ten men] and you can count how many opportunities we created on the counter," Zinnbauer said.

"We created many chances but that's the thing, if you don't score you create problems but also against ten men if you do score then you can go on to score even more than two or three goals."

Zinnbauer added that the most important thing is that his team came out with a win especially against a team that they had beaten only once before in nine encounters.

Head-to-head Orlando Pirates v CT City:

Orlando Pirates 1-0 Cape Town City

Cape Town City 1-0 Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates 3-3 Cape Town City

Cape Town City 2-2 Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates 2-2 Cape Town City

Cape Town City 1-0 Orlando Pirates

Cape Town City 1-0 Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates 1-0 Cape Town City

Cape Town City 2-2 Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates 0-0 Cape Town City

"At the end of the day the most important thing in football is the result," Zinnbauer added. "For me, it means nothing when you play really well and end up losing the game.

"It's important now for us to firstly get the results but still we're not happy with the performance, to be honest.

"But we have lots of new players in, we will improve the players to adapt to a new system a bit more and we have now a full week to train to take the next step in improving as a team."

Pirates next travel to AmaZulu in their opening fixture of the 2020/21 league campaign on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 20:15.

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