Orlando Pirates co-coach Fadlu Davids was delighted with his side’s overall performance against Stellenbosch FC after they ended Stellies’ 11-game unbeaten run in the DStv Premiership.
The Buccaneers returned to winning ways after they claimed a 3-0 victory over Stellies at the Danie Craven Stadium on Wednesday.
A goal from Collins Makgaka and a brace from Deon Hotto were enough to hand Pirates all three points away from home.
The Buccaneers are now placed seventh in the DStv Premiership standings with 18 points, while Stellies remain in second place with 21 points after 12 matches played thus far.
“Ja, we said it, I’m so happy for the players, the harder you work the luckier you become. You know, in the last matches our performances were good but we were not really scoring the goals,” Davids told SuperSport TV.
“I’m happy we were able to score but, more importantly, how we started the game. In previous matches we started the same way but we didn’t capitalise on our dominance and that was the difference today. In our dominance phase we were able to score and that gave us an upper hand.
“I didn’t see it [Olisa Ndah’s disallowed goal], we’ll have to look at it again, four goals would have been nice but I’m so proud of the players. We said stick to it, in terms of the high press, the second goal as well exactly how we set out to do in the first phase.
“But the most important thing is in our dominance phase we were able to score and in our previous matches we were not able to.
“It’s so difficult to play here, first half we were with the wind, second half we were against the wind, so we had to change our strategy in the second half, we couldn’t play the same way we played in the first.
“But then we were able to get the ball behind the defence line, the ball goes up when you’re playing against the wind and that’s what we were trying to do, we could have got the second goal in the second half but we’re happy with the three points, that’s all that matters.”
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