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Orlando Pirates drop points in draw with Platinum Stars

Pirates conceded a very late goal to be denied the chance to move to the top of the log.

Platinum Stars Football Club Logo. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - Orlando Pirates dropped two more points last night when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Platinum Stars in Soweto.

The Buccaneers conceded a very late goal to be denied the chance to move to the top of the log.

The match seemed destined for a dull stalemate as neither Pirates nor Stars managed to find their way past each other's' defense, but a tactical change from Bucs coach Muhsin Ertugral changed the dynamics of the match.

Thabiso Kutumela gave Pirates the lead after finding the bottom corner from a free-kick.

And just when the home side thought they had the three points in the bag, Thobani Kunene came off the bench to steal the point, heading the ball in from a corner.

The men in black remain in second spot on eight points, one behind Golden Arrows.

Bucs coach Muhsin Ertugral says the players failed to control the game well.

"With a few minutes to go you need to manage the game. There is no need to attack anymore. You need to win the ball back in that situation. You need to get the ball wide to open another line, to have the players behind the ball and in any available space to keep the ball. We lost the ball completely unnecessarily... the distances were too far."

Ertugral says he wasn't disappointed with the team's overall performance.

"I can't be disappointed with the team. The team played, for my opinion, brilliant football in the second half. They were very good tactically, very well organised. When analyse it a little deeper, Kutumela on-on-one with the goalkeeper, game management at 2-0 and the game is over."

Stars coach Cavin Johnson says he's disappointed that their performance didn't yield a win.

"In one moment I am not a happy man and if I told you if I played like this last week then I think the score would have been ten, because when my team comes out and plays like this this week, then I think we are 750 minutes late."

Johnson says his side's spirit after they conceded the goal was incredible.

"When I look at them for that 15 minutes and they play like they play and they do what they do on the pitch, then you ask yourself is this the same player? Because after that I think we have three or four chances, and when you see who the man of the match is of the game, then you understand the chances that we had at the Pirates goal and how many saves Brighton really had to make."

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