The German tactician described their clash with Baroka as special after the Buccaneers lost points at Mpumalanga
Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer said his men’s performance was not good enough to secure a victory against a “motivated” TS Galaxy side on Sunday.
The Buccaneers saw their three-game unbeaten PSL come to an end when they succumbed to a 1-0 loss to the Rockets at Mbombela Stadium, with Masilake Phohlongo scoring a first goal for the hosts.
Zinnbauer reckoned the Pirates had had a poor start to the game, which saw them reduced to 10 players after Abel Mabaso was sent off, but the hosts also lost a man after Given Msimango was given a red card.
“Yeah, we were first 15, 20 minutes without playing, you know when Pirates comes in, most of the opponents are motivated against us,” Zinnbauer said. SuperSport television.
“To win the duels, to win the game and if you are not in the game then you have no chance of winning, especially when you concede [early] and it is very hard. And the red card arrives, ok the opponent also has a red card
“But in the second half we had a chance to tie it, we got it, but if you don’t score it’s not possible to win a game or draw. It wasn’t enough. today, the performance was not enough to get the three points. “
Key forwards Thembinkosi Lorch and Deon Hotto were surprisingly left out of the starting lineup and Zinnbauer indicated the duo were not fit enough to start the game.
“The problem is you have the players ready and if you feel or get the information that the player the muscle is tight or the conditioning is not sufficient for 90 minutes you better bring new players, ”he continued.
“We have a good team, we can change teams but it’s always before the game or after the game that you have more information but Hotto is always at the top level, Lorch was not possible from the start It was clear, but we need him, that was the reason for the replacement.
“But overall it wasn’t enough, ten, 20 minutes in the first half, it’s not enough to be able to win the game. You weren’t in a structure, you weren’t going forward it was always a reaction and it wasn’t enough for a win. “
The loss put the Pirates in fourth in the league table – tied on points with third-placed Lamontville Golden Arrows and four points behind second-placed AmaZulu FC as the race to finish in the top three continues with two games to play.
“Yes, the second half yes but it’s not easy during the match you score the goal, you have the chance to equalize but [if] you can’t score, you can’t win a game, “he added.
“We need the three points, I know the players know what happened, they know after these 90 minutes what is going on [regarding the Caf spots on the log].
“We have to focus, analyze this game quickly and then we need our heads held high, we play against Baroka, it’s also a special game, we need the points if you want one of those places in the table, we we need three points for that. “
The Pirates host Baroka FC on Wednesday before concluding their league campaign with a clash against Tsakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in Polokwane on June 5.