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Micho: 'We need to learn to kill games'

Despite having beaten Golden Arrows 2-1 on Saturday, Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic feels there is much room for improvement from his side.

Pirates broke the deadlock at the Princess Magogo Stadium through Thembinkosi Lorch before Limbikani Mzava was calamitously given a second yellow card by referee Thando Ndzandzeka, who mistook him for Mzwandile Buthelezi.

When Mthokozisi Dube then doubled Pirates' lead in the 70th minute, it looked as if the game had been put to bed, but a late comeback from Arrows nearly snatched a point. However, Jabulani Shongwe's 84th minute goal ultimately proved nothing more than a consolation.

“I’m happy that we won, but there are so many critical aspects of the game. At 2-0 up, we put the most experienced players on the field to calm the game so we could have a peaceful end, but we conceded the goal and had a nervy end,” Sredojevic told SuperSport after the game.

“This is just showing that we need to work very hard on the mental aspect to know how to kill off the games and how to finish them peacefully to the end and not bring it to a nervy ending. But we are a work in progress.

“I think we have deservedly won this game. We decided to have patient build-ups. If you lose the ball, we had counter-pressing and that’s how we scored the first goal, we intercepted the ball.

“[Even] the second by Dube — it shows what we’re doing at training, insisting that we should have a variety of attacks. It paid off.”

The win moved Pirates within one point of league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, who have a game in hand, but Sredojevic remained coy about his side's title aspirations.

“We shall not think [about the league title] until the last match because it is not in our hands. We have one match more than Mamelodi Sundowns," he added.

"We shall think of our next game. We shall only think [about the title] once we have five matches left to play. I think that is in the 3rd of April.”

In fact, Pirates will have five games remaining after they face Bloemfontein Celtic in their next match on April 4 at Orlando Stadium.