Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler suffered further disappointment in midweek ahead of the weekend derby as their winless Absa Premiership run was stretched to five games.
The Buccaneers, who lost 2-0 to Lamontville Golden Arrows, last won a match back on August 18 and their wretched run has seen them slip to a worrying 13th position.
Tinkler has spoken about the pressure of the job, but is undoubtedly under extra stress for Saturday.
However, all will likely be forgotten by fans of the club should they win the 155th meeting against most fierce rivals Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium.
Following the loss to Abafana Bes’thende, the Bucs boss came under fire from the fans and he acknowledged their frustration.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed (with the chanting of fans), but I understand,” Tinkler said. “I understand their frustrations, and their anger. They live Orlando Pirates, and when Orlando Pirates lose then it’s like they’ve lost something very special in their lives.
“We understand that, as players and as coaching staff, this is more than just a football club; this is a lifestyle.
“When the team doesn’t do well, the fans feel the effects – emotionally, and in their lives they lead – so they vent their frustrations.
“Do I like it? No, but I understand it.”
On the field, Tinkler was once again left frustrated by his charges as Kermit Erasmus, Luvuyo Memela, Mpho Mvelase, Gift Motupa and Lehlohonolo Majoro missed chances they should have taken.
“I felt we should have been at least 4-0 up you know at half-time. I don’t know what to say, I’m disappointed, obviously,” the coach added.