It’s a case of two points lost, according to Orlando Pirates co-coach Fadlu Davids, who believes they had much better chances of winning their DStv Premiership tie with Golden Arrows only to end the game in a goalless draw in the second half. Orlando Stadium last Wednesday.
Pirates, however, didn’t start the game very well and looked like a team that wouldn’t be able to find the back of the net, but that lasted until late in the second half, with some good chances ahead of them, while Arrows got the chance.
The Bucs mentor believes his side deserved a penalty towards the end of the game, where Arrows defender Lungelo Dube appeared to have handled the ball in the penalty area, but referee Jelly Chavani allowed play to continue.
“We only got into the game after 20 to 25 minutes. Not being able to exert high pressure on the ball. We got into the game in the second half of the first half and a really good second half. But of course these are two lost points with the number of chances we created. We had to win this game if we look at the overall picture,” said Davids.
Davids thinks Pirates should have been given a penalty when the ball hit the hand of a Stellenbosch defender in the penalty area, but referee Jelly Chivani waved through.
“These decisions don’t come our way, it’s a clear penalty, I thought the hand made the body bigger, it’s a clear save like a goalkeeper saves. We don’t want to complain, everyone makes mistakes. But we have to score, even the chance with Kabelo Dlamini on the edge of the box. Normally that’s his area where he puts it in the top corner, unfortunately he went for too much power.”
This was the first league game for the Soweto club this year, playing in the Nedbank Cup and the Café Confederation Cup, where they recorded victories in those games.
Pirates will now shift focus to their continental campaign, where they face Libya’s Al-Ittihad on Sunday in their second Group B game away from home.