Stellies boss Steve Barker rues missed chances against Buccaneers

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Stellenbosch FC head coach Steve Barker believes the 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates was a game of two halves.

The Cape-side dominated the first stanza at Orlando Stadium as the home side took the lead through Ntsikelelo Nyauza before Nathan Sinkala equalised minutes later.

However, before the half time whistle, Stellies had another opportunity through Ashley du Preez which Pirates goalkeeper Richard Ofori dealt with brilliantly.

For much of the second half Stellenbosch were on the backfoot as the Buccaneers went in search of the winner.

Stellies remained firm in their defensive approach and earned a vital point in Pirates first home match of the new season.

"I think man of the match Alan Robertson. It was a game of two halves. First half, we really played well. But we have to take our chances," Barker told SuperSport TV.

"We had a fantastic chance with Ashley du Preez to get the second goal and I think that's just the ruthlessness we have to build in to our game because when we do have the opposition on the back foot, we have to make sure we capitalise on it.

"Second half, they came out. Changed their shape a bit. Didn't really allow us to build up. They applied the pressure. We were on the back foot. And it ended up being a second half where we had to see it out and take the point against a team like Pirates way from home.

"Overall, pleased with the performance. There's still definitely areas that we can be better at and have to be better at.

"The three youngsters up front worked really hard. You could see it wasn't easy for them. And yes, we brought in Waseem and Ryan. Because we were forced to start playing it longer, we needed a bit of aerial height and power up front. So that was the reasoning behind it."

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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