Tuks, United in search of first win
The University of Pretoria will continue to go in search of their first Absa Premiership win since the turn of the New Year when they meet their Tshwane rivals SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Tuesday evening, kick-off at 7:30pm.
It has been an outlandish return to domestic football for each team so far, as each squad is yet to bring home the three points in 2013.
Failure to do so has resulted in Tuks’ impressive start to the campaign having become a distant memory, in which they sit in eighth place, while SuperSport’s mastering of the stalemates has seen them slip to 10th place.
However, even with the little difference of just three points separating the two Pretoria outfits on the log standings, both come into the game in different mindsets.
Gavin Hunt’s SuperSport United managed to receive the confidence booster they had been looking for when they successfully began the defence of their Nedbank Cup title.
Following a goalless draw after regulation and extra-time the Matsatsantsa still managed to edge out Moroka Swallows on penalties to qualify for the final 16 of the tournament.
Hunt will be hoping to cease the moment and carry the momentum over to the next game: “It wasn’t the most exciting game [against Swallows], it was hard to watch but I thought we possibly shaded it with a lot of chances we had.
“Especially in the second half, I thought we played well but overall the ball was bouncing a lot in the aerial stuff,” added Hunt. “It wasn’t very pretty but it is about getting through. Another draw [sighs]…”
No other team has been able to hit a double figure of draws for the current PSL campaign and with 12 to SuperSport United’s name, Hunt has urged his charges to start coming to the party.
“In the league we miss opportunities like this and that is why we are in the position we are in,” continues the coach. “We have had really good opportunities but we have got to start scoring one or two of them.”
Meanwhile, 2013 certainly seems to be proving unlucky for Tuks who have managed two draws and a loss in their league games, leaving them winless.
If that wasn’t enough for Steve Barker’s men, they also suffered a premature elimination from the Nedbank Cup on Saturday evening when they were dealt their fate in a penalty shootout against Martizburg United.
“We feel disappointed that we lost a game against Martizburg. We should've won because we wanted to carry the winning momentum to the next game,” says Aubrey Ngoma.
“We are obviously concerned that in three home games we haven't won, so we looking to change that in the next game against SuperSport United.
“I think we should try and play this game as if we are the home team and constantly put on the pressure.”
With Tuesday’s fixture set to be a local derby, there is speculation that there will be more pressure for Tuks to deliver the goods. But Ngoma says it is the same as every other game.
“Even though the game is a derby it doesn't create extra pressure because we are already under pressure to win a game in 2013,” concluded the Tuks man.