Golden Arrows need to hit the target and score goals

2012-10-05 00:00

WITHOUT goals, soccer becomes meaningless and Golden Arrows coach Mushin Ertugral has spent important training sessions driving home this message to his players.

Ertugral said: “Yes, we turned the corner when we beat Sundowns, even if it was a penalty, and have been competitive in our last two matches against Free State Stars (1-1) and Black Leopards (0-0).

“While happy to at least get a point, we need to score goals and assert our authority on the field.”

While his team are not scoring frequently, Ertugral is satisfied with the defence, which has tightened up considerably since last season.

“Last year, we conceded far too many goals (47) and now we have conceded one in our last four matches,” the coach added.

“That is improvement, but we need to get into the box more, create chances and compete.”

The 1-0 loss to PSL new boys University of Pretoria in the second match of the season still haunts Ertugral, who said: “We should have got the points in that game.

“It may bite us later in the season and, looking at where we currently sit in the log (12th out of 16), if we had won our games to date, we would be in the top four.”

However, Ertugral remains focused on what lies ahead, the next big obstacle, away to Wits tomorrow at 3.30 pm.

“Every match in the PSL is a test of character and where your team is at.

“Wits are coming off a 1-0 win against Maritzburg United and are an interesting prospect, preferring a defensive approach to their game,” added the coach.

“I think they were lucky to win against United and we have been working on startegies in training to use against them.

“On the training ground, it’s looked good and solid and I head to their home ground confident of putting what we have done into practice.

“The bottom line though, is to score goals and stay ahead.”

Ertugral has always acknowledged his part in giving up-and-coming youngsters a run in his team and tomorrow will be no different.

He is expected to use his squad wisely and when needed, with no major injury concerns.

“Our long-term injuries are still hanging over our heads.

“Striker Bongi Ntuli returns on Saturday, with Justine Zulu also back in training.

“Nkanyiso Madonsela and Souleymane Keita are back in training and the only recent concern is Sibusiso Hadebe, who is out for four to five weeks with an ankle injury.”

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