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De Sa: Wants a change of attitude

De Sa: Wants a change of attitude

Orlando Pirates will have to put the disappointment of their Telkom Knockout loss behind them as they face up to Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday evening.


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This Premiership encounter takes place at the Loftus Stadium, kick-off set for 19:30.

The Buccaneers go into this game having being eliminated on penalties by Bloemfontein Celtic in the TKO on Sunday.

The tie ended 3-3 after 120 minutes, with Bucs having led 3-1 going into the 89th minute.

Losing the match would have been a rude reminder to the Pirates players that chances need to be taken and games finished off when the opportunities are there - Roger de Sa hopes his charges will at least be stronger for the experience.

"We cannot carry on like this," de Sa told the club's official website. "We missed a lot of chances (against Celtic) and at the end we were punished for our wastefulness in front of goal.

"Coming into this game against Sundowns we need a change of attitude. Matches are only won after the final whistle and that's why the players need to play hard until that final whistle."

"This will be a different match and we will try our best to get maximum points - it is never going to be easy for us to try getting full points from a team like Sundowns but I think the guys will be ready to fight - we need the three points and we will fight for it."

The Sea Robbers will be without Rooi Mahamutsa, the defender ruled out for the rest of the year after tearing his Achilles against Celtic.

The Brazilians, meanwhile, appear to be a team slowly turning the corner after a terrible start to the season.

Downs drew their last league game 0-0 at Ajax Cape Town, and on the weekend they booked a place in the TKO last-four by beating AmaZulu 2-0.

In the past, the poor start to campaign would have cost any Sundowns coach his job, but Johan Neeskens has been allowed to soldier on.

Beating the defending league champions, currently in third position, would be a great statement of intent for Neeskens and his side, who are level on points with 15th and 16th placed Chippa United and Usuthu.

The Dutchman is remaining cautions after the Amazulu victory, but does feel that things are starting to look up.

"It's good to pick up some good results now and with it you can see that everyone also gets more confident," he said.

"But we're still far away from how I want us to be playing and where we probably can be.

"We have to take things step-by-step, but if we take the last three results, I can be very positive."

Posted: 06/11/12 14:12

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