Palacios assures fans that goal drought will end
"I know our fans are not happy because people are poking fun at them. My message to them is that they must give us a chance and we will make them happy"
ORLANDO Pirates coach Augusto Palacios is adamant the reigning SA Premiership champions will bounce back after conceding six goals in two matches without scoring.
Palacios, assisted by Pirates legend Tebogo Moloi, is also planning to use this week’s Fifa international break to develop a turnaround strategy.
The Peru-born coach has urged Pirates fans not to start pressing panic button, saying they will win the three remaining trophies in the PSL.
Palacios went on to apologise to supporters for subjecting them to two successive defeats, which have not gone down well with some of the Bucs faithful.
“I know our fans are not happy because people are poking fun at them. My message to them is that they must give us a chance and we will make them happy.
“We are all disappointed to have lost two successive games; as a coach I hate losing. Our supporters are justified because they are used to winning.
“Pirates are a big club that is used to success. The league campaign is just started; we have to remember that the league is a marathon.
“Pirates are only three points behind the leaders. Our major challenge is that we are not scoring goals, but at the same time we concede silly goals.
“We are dealing with the two departments as a matter of urgency. With Bafana Bafana playing against Brazil, we are using the Fifa week to sort out all the challenges.
“We will be tightening- up the defence; we also need a properly coordinated midfield so that we can create more scoring opportunities.
“Our players, not only the strikers, must also be ruthless upfront so that we can score goals,” said Palacios, the former Bafana Bafana coach and manager.
Pirates’ next league game is against Platinum Stars at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on September 16, which Palacios has assured The Ghost that their team will win.
Captain Lucky Lekgwathi is equally confident that Pirates will bounce back after losing 3-0 to both SuperSport United and Moroka Swallows in the MTN8 and league.
“It is always bad to lose but we are working hard at training to rectify our mistakes.”