Jonovret: It could have been more

Kjell Jonevret Orlando Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret

Orlando Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret believes his side lacked composure in the final third, after falling to a 4-1 defeat against SuperSport United in the final of the Nedbank Cup.

Matsatsantsa emerged victorious in the finals against the Buccaneers at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, with Bradley Grobler, Jeremy Brockie and Kingston Nkhatha all getting on the scoresheet, while Oupa Manyisa netted Pirates’ only goal of the match.

Jonevret, who always faced an uphill battle uplifting a dressing room left visibly damaged after conceding half a dozen goals to SuperSport in November last year, said his side were second best on Saturday.

The 54-year-old believes his side lacked the confidence and composure to convert the chances they created, which SuperSport capitalised on as they ran out ultimate victors in the match to clinch their second consecutive trophy in the competition.

”Of course, I would prefer to be someone else right now and I don’t want to say it was nightmare, but it was a tough day for us,” Jonevret said after the game.

”It [the final] was arranged very well with fantastic support and the atmosphere at the arena before the game; everything was there for a night to remember.

”Unfortunately, we looked a little bit stressed. I think we lost too many balls, very simple. Okay, they [Supersport] don’t create too many chances, but I think they had eight or nine corners in the first half and we know that SuperSport is good on set pieces, so that is not good of course.

”They got some momentum and they got some energy when they were pressing us back and we gave the ball away too quick. We lost the balls pretty stupidly in front of the goal, but we also had two or three chances. When it was 1-0 at half-time we said ‘we can change this’ because the players really wanted to have something good there at the end of the season.

”But it was bad, ugly… 4-1. It could have been more there for us.”