United look to return to winning ways in CT

2011-10-20 00:00

MARITZBURG United will be looking to get back to winning ways tomorrow night when they travel to Cape Town to do battle with Santos in the first round of the Telkom Knockout at Athlone Stadium.

United will still be hurting after last Friday night’s 7-0 massacre at the hands of PSL log-leaders SuperSport United, a result that gave Ian Palmer’s men their first taste of defeat this season.

Palmer has said a quick win will go a long way in restoring his players’ confidence.

Santos are in 12th position on the PSL table, six points behind United.

The sides have met on two previous occasions in Cup football and United were 2-1 winners in both the quarter-finals of the 2006 Absa Cup and in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup in 2009.

United will also be buoyed by the fact that they reached last year’s Telkom Knockout semi-finals, despite a controversial elimination by Orlando Pirates in Durban after the game was originally pencilled in to take place in Pietermaritzburg.

Difficult tasks lie ahead for the other KwaZulu-Natal sides in the first round of the competition.

AmaZulu travel to Johannesburg where they take on Roger de Sa’s Wits.

The Durban side, who have already had a change of manager this season, are languishing at the wrong end of the PSL table.

Golden Arrows will do well to learn from the mistakes of their provincial neighbours as they prepare for a trip to SuperSport united in Atteridgeville on Tuesday night.

After Ernst Middendorp was fired, new coach Muhsin Ertugral will be looking to give supporters something to cheer about with a win over the form team in the country.

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