In his own words, Davids describes his opponents as "masters of time wasting."
The Buccaneers were held to a disappointing goalless draw by relegation-threatened Baroka on Saturday, preventing them from making any progress in the DStv Premiership standings.
Pirates dominated the match throughout, but were left to rue a number of squandered opportunities in front of goal, while co-coach Davids was left angry by what he perceived to be the opposition's excessive time-wasting.
According to him, "It was a game that we should have won, let's be honest about it."
When it comes to creating opportunities, dominating play, and putting your opponents on the back foot so they can't get anything against you, you cannot fault the players.
"They had a couple opportunities to score from counter-attack scenarios, but we know we could have done more to secure the victory tonight." You have to take advantage of these opportunities in the first half, and you have to open up the game because we put ourselves in their shoes.
"They are the masters of the second half, Baroka, where you play with the ball in play for maybe 20 minutes at a time because there is always a guy falling down," says the coach. We were expecting that — there was always a player on the bench.
'They are the masters of squandering time and reducing the amount of time the ball is in play to a fraction of the typical 30 minutes, reducing it to 20 minutes and denying you the opportunity to recover that lost time.'
"We knew going into the second half that you don't have that momentum because there's always a guy down, there's always a goalkeeper down, they break the flow." They are extremely skilled in this area, and they are the experts of it.
"Whereas previously it was [Elivs] Chipezeze who went down, today it could have been any player on the field who went down, interrupting the momentum, and bringing a stretcher onto the field... Then you have to start over from the beginning in order to maintain the momentum."
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