PSL News 13.12.2016 09:57 am

Palacios wary of Maritzburg

Augusto Palacios,Head coach of orlando Pirates (Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix)

Augusto Palacios,Head coach of orlando Pirates (Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix)

Orlando Pirates coach Augusto Palacios is anticipating a tough match against Maritzburg United when the teams meet at the Harry Gwala Stadium tonight.

The Pirates mentor is looking to end a spell of disappointing results in their last three games.

Palacios had a promising start to his interim coaching tenure, winning three consecutive games. However, the team’s performance took a bit of a nosedive since with their 1-0 loss to SuperSport United in the Telkom Knockout, followed by 1-1 and 2-2 draws with Absa Premiership new boys Baroka FC and Highlands Park.

“It is going to be a difficult game against Maritzburg. They don’t have a permanent coach, but that is not a problem because they have very good players. They have very aggressive players and we need to prepare well for them,” he said.

“We have dropped points in our last couple of games, it is still too early in the league, we still have to play the second round. But we cannot continue dropping points. We have to go to Maritzburg and make sure we get maximum points to ensure we go into the break in a comfortable position.”

Since Palacios took over, there hasn’t been a really consistent starting XI for the coach, with injuries and players being suspended. But that is not really a worrying factor for the 64-year-old, who believes every player at the Buccaneers is capable of doing the job and that the competition at the club makes things more exciting.

“Thabo Matlaba is back from suspension, but Justice Chabalala is now suspended. But I will be honest with you, I don’t worry about injuries or bookings because it is an opportunity for other players to come out and play.

“Happy Jele came on for Edwin Gyimah in our last game and he was very solid at the back. I am happy because I have players to create competition and it makes things exciting at the club.”

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