Orlando Pirates going in the right direction despite Baroka FC draw - insists Davids

6:44 AM GMT 03/12/2021
Fadlu Davids, Orlando Pirates, October 2020
The former Maritzburg United coach also rued Bucs' missed chances as they remained seventh on the PSL log

Orlando Pirates co-interim coach Fadlu Davids believes the Soweto giants are still heading in the right direction despite the draw against Baroka on Thursday.

The Buccaneers missed an opportunity to move from seventh place to fourth on the PSL standings after drawing 0-0 with Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, where Deon Hotto failed to hit the target from close range after rounding goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke. 

"We started the game well, we had a huge opportunity to go 1-0 ahead with an open goal, I think Hotto slipped in that moment and then going across goal, there was a corner-kick, so maybe there was a touch," Davids told SuperSport TV. 

"But a good start, good ascendancy, trying to get a goal but if you don't take your chances, like our previous games we were on the ascendancy, dominated and we scored the opening goal.

"Today it didn't happen in that first period but what was really good, the players didn't take their foot off the pedal, we constantly went in the second half, I think we would have played for another 20 minutes, I don't think we would have scored.

"But real effort to get that goal, unfortunately, tonight was not to be. They came for a draw, I don't think they had a shot on target tonight, they never caused us any problems, we had them in their half, pinned back.

"One or two moments of counter-attacks but they never got into our box from these counter-attacking moments. We could have counter-pressed better, to keep them in their half but that calmness in the number ten's position." 

Davids refused to criticise Hotto for missing a sitter after some good work by Olisa Ndah, whose long ball sent the Namibia international through on goal. 

"Once you make the run in behind, the first touch is not there. So these moments we've got to work to be able to score. Today was easily a game where we could have scored four but okay it was not to be," he said. 

"Hotto was clear in his role in what he had to do in terms of getting behind the defence, sometimes dropping to get the full-back out and then movements from the number tens to get in behind but it wasn't to be.

"They had their four defence line, sometimes making it five, really stuck to their game plan to close that centre and we were not creative enough in the number tens to create more clear chances, there was but we could have created more today.

"I think we're in the right direction, scoring five goals in the last two matches, today it wasn't meant to be but we have to continue in our movements, in the way we play, how we dominate teams but we have to score goals when we're in the dominance phase."