Orlando Pirates managed to grind out a 1-0 victory over Chippa United but coach Josef Zinnbauer was not particularly pleased with the effort of his players on Wednesday night at Orlando Stadium.
A late goal by Fortune Makaringe ensured that Pirates seal their third DStv Premiership win of the 2020/21 season.
Zinnbauer was disappointed with the application of his team as he admitted that the ‘Buccaneers’ may have been feeling the effects of their MTN8 triumph.
The Soweto giants ended their six-year trophy drought on Saturday with MTN8 success against Bloemfontein Celtic.
“It’s important we have three points. That was the target,” said Zinnbauer.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game. We came from the cup final. You saw today the players were tired and we didn’t have enough chances and then the opponent got a red card.
“It was clear they were going to use a deep block after the sending off and it’s not easy to find a solution. We then had opportunities to score but it’s always so, if you don’t score, and we needed a goal.
“We then had a good moment, a good combination for the goal we scored (by Fortune Makaringe) but at the end of the day we have three points. It was not a top performance.
“We understand the psychology and things coming from the last game. We won the cup and it’s not easy to come back as a player. As a player I know it but as a coach you can’t understand why it’s so hard for us today.”
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By FARPost Reporter