Truter sees kinks to iron out as Swallows soar into Orlando Pirates showdown

Sazi Hadebe Sports reporter
Brandon Truter (coach) of Moroka Swallows wins coach of the month during the DStv Premiership Monthly Awards press conference at PSL Offices on December 07, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Brandon Truter (coach) of Moroka Swallows wins coach of the month during the DStv Premiership Monthly Awards press conference at PSL Offices on December 07, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Image: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

Swallows FC may have preserved their unbeaten run‚ won a sixth DStv Premiership tie and remain in the second spot‚ but for coach Brandon Truter there are a few frailties his side must deal with ahead of their big fixture against Orlando Pirates on Sunday.

The Dube Birds beat Cape Town City 3-2 at the Dobsonville Stadium on Tuesday‚ a third straight league victory for Truter’s team‚ who were promoted from the GladAfrica Championship at the end of last season.

Truter was‚ however‚ far from impressed after Swallows lost concentration and nearly allowed City to grab a point having taken their foot off the pedal in the second period after going into the break leading 2-0 via Ruzaigh Gamildien’s brace.

Gamildien is now on top of the Premiership goal-scorer’s chart with seven goals‚ the level with Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns‚ Bradley Grobler of SuperSport United and City’s Mduduzi Mdantsane‚ who also netted twice on Tuesday.

“Pirates are a very different kettle of fish. I think they’re a very dynamic‚ very offensive-minded team. I think it’s going to be very different to what we’ve faced‚” Truter said after his side allowed City to score in the extra time to force a nail-biting finish at Dobsonville Stadium.

“I think the Sunday game will be a very good test of our character and strength in this league. We’ll prepare as best as we can because it’s their home game.

“And so‚ ja‚ with their previous result as well [Pirates lost 1-0 to Sundowns]‚ I think they’re a bit under pressure to get the result and also I think they’ll be playing their first match this week.

“So they’ll be the fresher team and they have their backs to the wall – they’ll come out guns blazing. It’s a about us‚ keeping it very tight at the back.”

Swallows had not conceded more than one goal this season before Tuesday’s game and have looked reasonably solid in defence‚ letting in five goals in nine matches in which they’ve scored 13.

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