United to take the fight to SuperSport

2013-10-22 00:00

MARITZBURG United want to kick the Clinton Larsen era off with a big statement, and that is by beating league leaders SuperSport United when they meet at Harry Gwala Stadium tomorrow.

So congested is the league table in the early stages of the season that if United — with eight points and in ninth place — were to be victorious, they’d be level with Matsatsantsa.

Team of Choice captain Michael Morton was confident ahead of the titanic tussle, and threw the gauntlet down to Cavin Johnson’s boys that they’ll take the fight to them.

“When Clinton came in, one of the first things he told us was that we have SuperSport next, and that would be the perfect start, and we’d have to go out there and make a statement,” Morton told The Witness yesterday.

Even at his unveiling as the club’s new coach last Tuesday, Larsen vowed to “knock the league leaders off their pedestal”.

“We’re playing at Harry Gwala. It doesn’t matter who comes here. We’re at home and we’ve always felt confident at home,” Morton said.

The skipper praised Larsen’s impact on the team since he took over.

“The sessions have been enjoyable. It’s been quite a change, but it’s been good fun. He hasn’t tried to change everything in a short space of time, and the guys have taken to the changes quite nicely,” he said.

Morton, who was given a clean bill of health following a concussion in their previous game against Platinum Stars, said the resignation of former coach Ernst Middendorp had come as a shock to the players and for him personally.

“It was quite unexpected and no one saw it coming. But, we have a lot of experienced guys in the side who have seen coaches come and go.

“I am grateful for everything he did for me, but I understand that he was looking for a new challenge. Now it’s about playing for Clinton, doing my best for him,” he said.

Since his appointment, Larsen has vowed to play an attacking game and has been implementing his philosophy in the team.

Last week, he told The Witness the areas he was focusing on were the build-up from defence, being more attack-minded in the opposition’s half, and keeping the ball for longer periods.

This was evident on Friday as they beat neighbours Maritzburg City 8-1 in a practice match at Harry Gwala.

Tomorrow’s game will kick off at 7.30 pm and will be broadcast on SABC 1.

• lunga.biyela@witness.co.za

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