Sredojevic credits Maritzburg's resolute defending

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic felt his side was let down in the final third of their 0-0 draw with Maritzburg on Saturday.

Bucs were unable to break down a resolute Team of Choice defence while creating a number of goalscoring opportunities.

The team defended sternly, however, to deny their opponents a goal, and ultimately settled for a point.

The result saw Pirates move onto 24 points at the top of the Premiership table from 14 games.

After the match, Sredojevic told SuperSport TV: "We started very well. We agreed that we shall find weaknesses in their defence and expose it.

"We were creating chances, but then when we were creating chances we had wrong decision making against a tall goalkeeper like (Richard) Ofori, you cant shoot at him in the areas of his chest or shoulder because there he will react. He has a problem on the ground, we didn't go for those balls on the ground.

"We didn't go for the cut backs because the opponents defence is fully focused in protecting him. We missed those chances. We didn't open the game in time. And then on halftime, the opponent started to grow in confidence."

He added: "We practically went into the game with six attackers or five. But we couldn't penetrate because of resolute defending and I need to give credit to Maritzburg they were defending very well.

"They always looked to play on the counter-attack and they were getting the result they were looking for."