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Mon Apr 21 04:04:48 SAST 2014

Give us a chance, pleads Palacios

TEAMtalk Media | 04 September, 2012 16:122 Comments
MTN8: Orlando Pirates training session
Orlando Pirates coach Augusto Palacios during a training session at Rand Stadium on August 16, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Image by: Lee Warren / Gallo Images

Orlando Pirates coach Augusto Palacios has called on the Ghost to keep their faith in the team, despite their poor start to the season.

The Buccaneers entered the new campaign as defending treble champions, although Palacios has already seen his side concede their MTN8 title after being dumped out in the semi-finals.

The Sea Robbers followed up that defeat with another loss, this time going down 3-0 to Soweto rivals Moroka Swallows in the PSL on Saturday, a result which leaves the club eight places off the top of the table.

Palacios, though, is confident the team have the ability to bounce back, and has called for patience from the club's supporters.

"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," the Peruvian told The Sowetan.

"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."

He added: "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 up front so that we can score goals."

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Sep 4, 2012
Oh yeah! If its true, he is asking for patience, the other teams that are winning their matches, does that means there's something wrong with them? OK.... the next two matches will be very crucial to you as a coach Palacios, otherwise, your future hangs in the balance. Good luck.

Sep 5, 2012
A chance to further destroy the club? Better start winning or do the noble thing,"Tell Dr. Khoza the shoes are simply too big for you" and go back to the development where you are much appreciated