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Micho aware of defensive frailties

Orlando Pirates’ habit of conceding has reached new highs and coach Milutin Sredojevic has acknowledged that this is a problem that needs to be dealt with.

Pirates conceded their 15th and 16th goals in 17 Absa Premiership matches when they beat Chippa United 4-2 at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The Buccaneers have managed only four clean sheets in the league this season, while more recently have conceded two goals in three of their last six matches in all competitions.

Such defensive frailties can often hamper a team’s title chances, and Pirates could very well rue these statistics should the race eventually come down to goal difference come May 11.

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Sredojevic has since accepted criticism over their dreadful defending that also saw them concede two goals against Highlands Park last Saturday, while admitting that last night’s scoreline was not a fair indication of their performance.

“First of all, it’s never easy after the festive season to restart the engine. I, personally, believe the result was not a true reflection of what happened on the field, the result was much better than our performance,” conceded Sredojevic.

“We need to look critically at ourselves, and we now have three days before flying to Bulawayo on Friday to play our first match in the CAF Champions League group stage.

“We need to look critically at ourselves, and we now have three days before flying to Bulawayo on Friday to play our first match in the CAF Champions League group stage.

“In two matches we have scored six goals, which is a good standard, but in the same moment we need to be fully aware that conceding four goals is something below any standard we should be conceding.

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