United to take nothing for granted

2013-03-08 00:00

MARITZBURG United were confident yesterday but not taking anything for granted ahead of their Nedbank Cup game against Tembu Royals in 10 days’ time.

The Team of Choice will have to regroup after going down 2-1 to Bidvest Wits in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday evening.

Goalscorer Mario Booysen told The Witness that the team were happy with their overall performance on a night where the result didn’t go their way.

“It was a game of two halves. We were playing well in the first half after I scored, but we let them back in. I played alright, but I could have done better. There’s still room for improvement,” said the former Matsatsantsa defender.

United take on giant killers Tembu Royals at the Mthatha Stadium on Sunday, March 17. The third tier minnows from Mthatha stunned AmaZulu with a shock 2-1 win at King Zwelethini Stadium in Umlazi last week.

“We’re not going to take anything for granted, and we’re going to go there guns blazing,” said Booysen.

After the cup game against Tembu Royal, United will have a break of almost two weeks before they resume their league campaign against bottom-of-the-table Chippa United.

Booysen said the much needed break was good, but could break their rhythm. “It will affect us. If we get the result against Tembu Royals, we might lose our momentum a bit,” he added.

Speaking of momentum, the Team of Choice have not been able to replicate the form of late that saw them sitting in fourth place earlier on during the Premiership season. After a difficult start to the year, they looked to be on their way back with a 2-1 win against Black Leopards at Harry Gwala.

“We’ve been playing well recently. Yesterday, we played well, we just lost our concentration. It just wasn’t our night. But, we will regain our [early season] form,” said a defiant Booysen.

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