I hope fans recognise our efforts - Micho
Milutin Sredojevic believes the performances of Orlando Pirates this season should already be sufficient to satisfy their fans as the Serbian coach tried to play down expectations ahead of their Absa Premiership clash with Bloemfontein Celtic tonight. The Buccaneers beat Lamontville Golden Arrows on Saturday to move to within a point of league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns. They could potentially go top with victory in Soweto, but whatever happens at the Orlando Stadium and between now and the end of the season, Sredojevic feels his players have done enough to heel the pain of fans from recent years. Victory at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium was a second in succession for the Soweto giants and has undoubtedly reignited their title challenge. Prior to the win and a 4-1 drubbing of AmaZulu in the previous match, they had managed just two points out of nine on offer fuelling take that they were out of the running. Sredojevic says that even when results were not forthcoming, he never questioned the commitment of his players. Asked what would make him happy at the end of the season, Sredojevic took the diplomatic approach of unity rather than saying a trophy or any specific league position. The club are out of the Nedbank Cup and their only remaining hope of silverware this term remains the league. But the coach avoided putting pressure on his players by revealing any particular mandate. When Pirates met Celtic in the first round of the league back in August, Siwelele trumped 1-0 at the Free State Stadium. The result formed part of a strong time to the campaign for them and Sredojevic is wary of the challenge they will again pose to his side. He says that Celtic should be fully respected even though they have not won any of their last three Premiership games.