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Kerr hopes Leopards can hit form on the rebound against Orlando Pirates

09 April 2019 - 10:25 By Mark Gleeson
Black Leopards head coach Dylan Kerr (L) during a training session at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
Black Leopards head coach Dylan Kerr (L) during a training session at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
Image: Kabelo Leputu/BackpagePix

Defeat in the Limpopo derby at the weekend might well turn out to be a positive for Black Leopards‚ who are next up against Orlando Pirates in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday‚ said coach Dylan Kerr after they lost to Polokwane City.

Leopards were dragged back into the relegation quagmire after squandering an early lead and going down 3-1 at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday – which means Lidoda Duvha have won only one of their previous nine matches.

Leopards now meet Pirates at Orlando Stadium before returning home to Thohoyandou to host Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

“Maybe it’s a good thing because we don’t want to be overconfident. There was a lot of confidence‚ very good belief and a good atmosphere going into Sunday’s game‚” Kerr said.

“We thought‚ ‘We are the better team‚ we are playing the better football’‚ and maybe thought it would be easy.”

The coach hopes a little perspective might go a long way in a difficult assignment in Soweto.

But Leopards also intend going toe-to-toe with the title-chasing Buccaneers.

“We have to try and keep the ball as much as we can because with our players we’ve got to‚” he said in a reference to their physical attributes‚ or lack thereof.

“That’s the why we can play against so-called better teams.

“They are only better teams if you give them the chance to be better‚ which is what we did against Polokwane City.

“In possession and in good areas we sometimes made the wrong choices. And that has been a problem for us‚ especially when we dominate games.

“It’s nice when we get the overlaps‚ the little one-twos but you need to make them count.”

Kerr said he might have to make changes to the line-up after several players disappointed with flat performances.