Pirates Coach claims Chippa were very difficult to overcome

BY MARC JACOBSON - NOVEMBER 25, 2016

Despite going down 2-1 to Cape Town City last week and 1-0 to Orlando Pirates on Tuesday in the ABSA Premiership, Chippa United was still deemed a tough prospect by Pirates interim Coach, Augusto Palacios.

Both matches last week and this week where Chippa fell short, were played at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth and Palacios believed this to be a weighing factor for their hard-fought tenacity on the field.

“Sometimes when a team is winning they are desperate and in a hurry. We needed therefore to try and control the middle. That’s where we knew Chippa were strong,” Coach Palacios told SuperSport.

"They have a lot of mobility in their play. But what we planned was to score the early goal, that’s what we did.”

Palacios believed this to be an integral winning factor, because it can be a daunting task to play catch-up soccer. With this mental strategy, the Pirates have won their last three games on the trot, by defending their early score then aiming to rapture on counter-attacks.

On the 60-minute mark however, Chippa had a prime opportunity to hit level, but a rather innoxious shot at goal was thwarted by Mabokgwane, as it deflected into the goal posts.

“All round it was a very difficult game. Chippa lost but they played well but we managed to control them. We showed great character in defence and especially goalkeeper, Jackson Mabokgwane. It was only his second game and he kept a clean sheet,” Coach Palacios added.

In a struggle-stricken campaign so far, with high expectations after ending sixth in last year’s PSL; the Chilli Boys are now seven consecutive matches winless and following the result on Wednesday, they have dropped to 11th on the overall log.

Orlando Pirates are now placed sixth on the log, tied with arch-rivals, Kaiser Chiefs, but lower on goals difference.

Chippa’s next encounter will be against Maritzburg United on Tuesday 29th November at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg in their 10th for the season.