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Sredojevic: Buccaneers showed character

Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredojevic praised his side's character after they rallied from behind to secure a share of the spoils in Saturday's Soweto derby.

The Buccaneers left it late, as Thembinkosi Lorch slotted him in the 80th minute to setup a tense finish to a closely contested clash at a jam-packed FNB Stadium.

Sredojevic had plenty of positives to take away from the game, while he also paid tribute to their Soweto rivals.

"It was a competitive match from the start and we have not been doing well in terms of being pressed, to come out and later on we came in the game and had our own chances," Sredojevic told SuperSport TV after the match.

"We did not give up when we were brought down, we showed character. We scored that goal and we could have scored more, I think it was not meant to be because we wanted to win, we gave everything, however, we have to pick up the pieces and look forward.

"Mpho Makola has Derby experience and he has proven, together with Ben Motshwari to deploy more attack in the opponent's half.

"He was exactly there to help with his experience and lead the game in the right direction as we were looking for an equalising goal and looking for a winning goal."

He continued: "I need to give credit to the opponent for a good game, they were extremely motivated with the losing streak of last year, and the Wiseman Meyiwa factor whom we wish a speedy recovery, that injected some motivation in the opponent.

"But we can show our commitment to the supporters, for the badge, the institution, the jersey in the best possible way that we can really die on the field and football gave us an equalising goal, but it was not meant to be."