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Arrows take aim at SuperSport Utd

Lamontville Golden Arrows will be aiming to end their losing streak in the Absa Premiership when they visit SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday, kick-off at 3:30pm CAT (SA, GMT+2).

Abafana Bes’thende have now suffered three consecutive losses in the league, losing 3-0 to Kaizer Chiefs before going down 1-0 to Maritzburg United and Bloemfontein Celtic.

Although they have only collected three points from their last five games, coach Manqoba Mngqithi believes they are on the right track and were unfortunate to concede at the death against Celtic on Wednesday.

“I think we did very well, unfortunately we just did not score, but generally we defended well and attacked them as much as we could,” he said.

“We created many opportunities, but maybe we were too anxious in the attacking third and lost possession in wrong positions.

“I think everything else was favouring us, but unfortunately the goals just did not want to come on the day.”

Arrows find themselves in 13th place on the log with nine points from 11 matches, but Mngqithi is adamant that they will turn the corner without making drastic changes.

“I believe the team has improved in leaps and bounds from what I’ve seen before and I was very happy with what I saw against Celtic, it’s unfortunate that we got nothing out of it,” he added.

“It’s really bad, but fortunately we still have another chance over the weekend, so we just have to lift our heads and focus on the next match.

“Maybe the different thing that we are going to do is that we are going to win against SuperSport; we just have to work on our finishing.”

Matsatsantsa are not in a much better situation as well, having collected four points from their last five games, all of them coming in the form of draws.

Gavin Hunt’s men have drawn nine of the 12 games they have played this season, the latest being a 0-0 stalemate at Maritzburg United, but the coach believes it was a good point to earn on the road.

“Under all circumstances we did well, we had a man sent off and our backs were against the wall playing away from home,” he said.

“They had good chances, but we also had good chances. I thought we were better in the first half, we had some fantastic play and we kept the ball well.”

SuperSport are placed 10th on the Absa Premiership log with 12 points from 11 matches and Hunt believes they have to start collecting points in order to improve their log position.

“Every game is tough so we are expecting the same against Arrows,” he added.

“We are better than where we are, but sometimes the league table doesn’t lie. We have to score, but at least we got another clean sheet.

“It’s a fine line but we have to improve; we have to start taking our opportunities.

“We’re getting so far behind now for a team like us but we have to try and get ourselves back up there.”

Last season Matsatsantsa had the better of Arrows, beating them 2-1 both at home and on the road.


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