United eye max points

2013-11-23 00:00

MARITZBURG United coach Clinton Larsen said one of the objectives for the season was to be the highest ranked team in KZN when it finishes in May next year.

After beating AmaZulu last month, the Team of Choice head back to Durban tomorrow to take on Golden Arrows at the King Zwelethini Stadium where they are targeting the three points in their quest to move up the table.

Larsen also said it was important to beat the clubs that were similar in size to them.

So far, the club have picked up four points out of 12 under Larsen. Those points have all come on the road, and the club are confident they can keep that run going.

“It’s vital that we collect three points in games against other clubs that are small to medium in size. As we are one of three teams in KZN, we also want to ensure that we finish the season as the highest ranked team in the province,” Larsen told Weekend Witness.

The game against the second-from-bottom Abafana Bes’thende comes just four days ahead of a visit from Caf Champions League runners-up Orlando Pirates, and Larsen said it wasn’t difficult ensuring his players keep their minds off of that game and focused on the trip to Durban.

“The players are professional, and they know that they have to perform in the game at hand in order to come up against Pirates. They know their responsibility.”

United had a good run against their KZN rivals Arrows last season, claiming four points out of six in their two games, and went on to finish as the number one team in the province.

Arrows will be United’s first game in two weeks, and that will be followed by another in just four days, and Larsen said they were used to playing so many games in succession.

“We’re used to it,” he said. “I don’t have a problem with it because it’s something that happens every season.”

He also said they were constantly ironing out small issues as Larsen tried to slowly transform the team, that has played a defensive style of football for two years, into a more attacking outfit.

“We try to defend as a unit, and make sure, we are a force in attack,” he said.

Both teams will have something to prove, as they lost their last games with United going down by 2-1 to Platinum Stars, and Arrows being on the receiving end of a 3-1 scoreline against SuperSport United.

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