Sat. May 25th, 2019

Orlando Pirates paid the price for ‘too many draws’

orlando piratesOrlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic says the number of draws his side collected throughout the season cost them the PSL title.

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Orlando Pirates finish the season holding their heads high after coming within two points of claiming a first PSL title in seven years, but coach Milutin Sredojevic has bemoaned the number of draws his side collected throughout the campaign.

The Soweto giants went into their final fixture of the season needing to hold their end of the bargain by beating Polokwane City at Orlando Stadium, while hoping for an upset at Goble Park, where Free State Stars hosted log-leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

Despite a convincing 3-0 win, it was the Brazilians who were crowned league champions for the second year running, thanks to a Phakamani Mahlambi goal moments before halftime.

Speaking after the game in Soweto, the Serb noted an improvement from what his side achieved in his season in charge, but rued the number of missed opportunities in the form of stalemates.

“We have surpassed the tally of last year’s points; we got 55 (points) last year and 57 this year. We have downgraded on two losses last year, as in two years we have lost just eight competitive games,” he told Supersport.

“On the other side, we had too many draws and this where we paid an extensive price, we had 15 wins and in two seasons 30 wins, meaning we surpass the tally of last season.”

Milutin Sredojevic

Orlando Pirates recorded 12 draws throughout the season, with only seventh-placed Highlands Park registering more.

Perhaps the most costly draw occurred in their penultimate fixture, where a late goal from Cape Town City ensured a 2-2 scoreline, which saw Sundowns eventually leapfrog them on the log.

Sredojevic believes the lessons learnt in the recently-concluded season will bode well going into the next campaign.

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