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Vermezovic to persist with Erasmus

By Mazola Molefe | Aug 19, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 9 ]

ORLANDO Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic put a different spin on Kermit Erasmus's lack of goals after the club's 2-0 win against Bidvest Wits in the first leg of the MTN8 semifinal at the weekend.

The Serbian is happy to see his team sharing the scoring responsibility, with defenders Siyabonga Sangweni and Thabo Matlaba rescuing Bucs at Milpark on Sunday with well-taken strikes.

At this early stage of the season, Vermezovic says he isn't too bothered where the goals come from, but he will soon hold Erasmus - who has scored just once in four appearances this season - accountable.

"I've said a couple of times that it doesn't matter how many strikers start the game, what matters is how many players finish our action. Our first goal was scored from a set-piece after we had conceded from one in our previous game," said Vermezovic.

"Last time our defenders weren't so good in dealing with set-pieces, but after a win was taken away from us, this time around we got something back in set-pieces.

"It's only the beginning of the season and there are a lot of games in front of us. We expect a lot of ups and downs, but we are on the right track."

Erasmus, who has kept Helder Pelembe, Lehlohonolo Majoro and Lennox Bacela out of the team, has looked good on the ball and in build-ups. However, his finishing has let him down.

"The battle is on the field," said Vermezovic. "As coaches we can prepare the strategy and tactical approach, but everything else is up to the players. fortunately they made something from what we told them."

Vermezovic did not get ahead of himself with an Absa Premiership clash against AmaZulu to come tomorrow and the second leg of the MTN8 semifinal against Wits on Saturday night.

"The Wits team has a lot of quality, for sure. We won't be relaxed in the return leg because we realise 2-0 is a dangerous scoreline. So I wouldn't say we are favourites," said the coach.

Wits coach Gavin Hunt could barely put his thoughts together after the defeat .

"We got beaten and it's disappointing. We will try to go again on Saturday," he said.


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Amazulu will suprise the hell out of you, remeber last year 1-0 at Orlando?

Aug 19, 2014 8:52 | 0 replies


@Papage: Mark these words, Amazulu will lose. I hope you remember these words

Aug 19, 2014 10:3 | 0 replies


The first PSL home game we always lose is over now and The Galaxy bounces back in a BIG way as usual...It's a win tomorrow night.

Aug 19, 2014 11:20 | 0 replies


Pierate is spooky play from back forth-strikers defend! what a ...

Aug 19, 2014 11:34 | 0 replies


I'm with you there coach. Whats also important is his overall contribution to the team's perfomance.

Aug 19, 2014 12:7 | 0 replies
Aug 19, 2014 12:34 | 0 replies


Too bad for Majoro. Didn't he leave Chiefs cause he felt he was benched even though the guys in front of him are not performing. Now he has to sit and watch Errorsmus, followed by Cowcela etc. Poor "Mr I have balls". How is the pirates bench, warmer than Chiefs'?

Aug 19, 2014 1:17 | 1 replies


He will learn!

Aug 20, 2014 10:54 | 0 replies


I see a draw or a win for Amazulu

Aug 20, 2014 10:56 | 0 replies