- Orlando Pirates were held to an embarrassing 0-0 draw against Golden Arrows on Tuesday night
- Orlando Pirates continued with their bad run of form at home when the team failed to convert a dominant performance at Orlando Stadium into a win
- The draw means Orlando Pirates have moved to second position on the PSL log
Orlando Pirates were held to an embarrassing 0-0 draw by a tenacious Lamontville Golden Arrows side in their Premier Soccer League (PSL) clash at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday evening. The result moves Pirates to second on the PSL log, one point clear of a resurgent Kaizer Chiefs and one point behind Bidvest Wits.
Pirates continued with their bad run of form at home after failing to convert a generally dominant performance on the field into a win. Pirates have not won at home in their last seven attempts.
Pirates have managed to collect a mere six out of a possible 15 points from home matches, a statistic which could well come back to haunt the Soweto giants in the latter stages of the league season.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Pirates dominated for most of the match, having the lion’s share of possession and making most of the play but Golden Arrows defended for their lives and held their defensive line with absolute determination.
Sport24.com reported that Golden Arrows came close to scoring in the 15th minute but the attempt went wide. Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane saved the home side blushed with a brilliant save in the 55th minute of the match.
Orlando Pirates once again struggled to convert solid attacking play into any real shots at goal, a problem which has plagued the side since the start of the season despite the club employing a specialist finishing coach.
Kickoff.co.za reported that Golden Arrows head coach Clinton Larsen said he was delighted by the way his team defended throughout the match. Larsen lamented not winning the match after his side created a couple of opportunities but said overall he was happy with the result.
Larsen said his side’s defensive organisation was on point and the biggest problem the team now faced was playing well at home.
Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredojevic praised Larsen and his side for the way the side played. He said Golden Arrows were incredibly well organised on the night.
Sredojevic said his side did not play the right kind of football on the night to deserve the win. He noted that Orlando Pirates did not have the right players in the right areas of the field to impact the game.
Sredojevic credited the Durban side for the way in which they played.
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