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Papic talks up Bucs bouncebackability 05/04/05
"Bouncebackability" - a term coined by Ian Dowie, manager of English Premiership outfit Crystal Palace. It is not yet in the Oxford English dictionary although with greater usage it may not be long before the word becomes part of acceptable and recognised English jargon.

After Arsenal had taken the lead in a league clash this season Crystal Palace drew level two minutes later to earn themselves a precious point against their more illustrious opponents.

Dowie then remarked during a post-match conference: "Crystal Palace have shown great bouncebackability against their opponents to really be back in this game."

Basically, in footballing terms, the word means the ability to bounce back from a setback. And that is exactly what Pirates will be looking to do - show some character and fighting spirit and bounce back from their 4-0 mauling by Mamelodi Sundowns last Saturday.

So, next Saturday when they take on Silver Stars at the Johannesburg Stadium, the Buccaneers have promised to show some bottle, or rather, 'bouncebackability', and put their opponents to the sword.

Despite the soul-destroying weekend defeat the mood in the Pirates camp remains bullish and word from coach Kosta Papic is that Sundowns' 'sins' will be visited on Stars as the Castle Premiership leaders look to get their title charge back on track.

"We'll be right back on track on Saturday," Papic is quoted as saying in The Star. "We'll be able to beat them (Stars) and we'll be playing our best football again."

The Buccaneers coach will resist the temptation to make wholesale changes to his side although influential midfielder Edelbert Dinha is expected to earn an instant recall to the side after completing his two-match ban.

"There might be a change here and there, but we'll see by Friday," Papic revealed.

"It is not necessary to blame anyone for the loss (against Sundowns). What is required is for us to regroup, and we will."

Papic's opposite number, Stars coach Owen Da Gama admits he is wary of a Pirates side playing on the back of a humiliating defeat and fears his side could suffer the backlash.

"We still respect them and read nothing into what happened at the weekend," Da Gama said. "They are wounded so they'll naturally come at us with all their weapons. That's what worries me but we're prepared."

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