Local News 27.8.2016 11:02 pm

Ertugral takes blame for Pirates defeat

Orlando Pirates head coach Muhsin Ertugral and assistant coach Bradley Carnell (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Orlando Pirates head coach Muhsin Ertugral and assistant coach Bradley Carnell (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Orlando Pirates coach Muhsin Ertugral has refused to blame his goalkeeper, Felipe Ovono, whose blunders gifted Bidvest Wits two goals in Saturday night’s 2-1 MTN8 defeat.

Ovono’s handling was horrendous as he parried the ball back to Wits players which led to Buhlebuyeza Mkhanazi and Thulani Hlatshwayo scoring from close range.

Pirates fans ran to Twitter to rant about Ovono, who was co-incidentally put on transfer before Ertugral asked that he be given another chance.

“We can’t blame Ovono alone, he didn’t play much last season. We trust him,” said Ertugral after the game.

Ertugral also took full responsibility for the team’s overall embarassing display.

“We didn’t start very well. They were all over us. I counted at least 13 corner kicks and that is their strength. They used it and pushed us back into our own half. We didn’t follow instructions. We played against the long ball but didn’t do enough to deal with the second ball.”

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results

Chiefs 2-0 Maritz United
Plat Stars 0-1 Baroka
Polokwane 3-2 Highlands
Maritzburg Utd 0-1 SuperSport
Highlands 0-1 Chiefs

fixtures

Chiefs vs Maritzburg Utd

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Orlando Pirates 3 7
2 Bidvest Wits 3 7
3 Arrows 3 6
4 Chippa United 2 4
5 Platinum Stars 2 4
6 Kaizer Chiefs 3 4
7 Cape Town City 3 4
8 Maritzburg Utd 3 4
9 SuperSport United 3 4
10 Highlands Park 2 3
11 Ajax Cape Town 3 2
12 Polokwane City 3 2
13 Sundowns 1 1
14 Bloem Celtic 2 1
15 Free State Stars 3 1
16 Baroka FC 2 1