We need to be positive, says United 'keeper Goldman

2009-01-26 00:00

TAHSREEQ Goldman, the young man who will be last line of defence for Maritzburg United in their crucial Premier Soccer League clash against Bloemfontein Celtic at Woodburn Stadium tomorrow, says he is feeling no pressure.

Goldman will be playing just his sixth PSL game in a fixture against last-placed Celtic that United must win from a psychological point of view, and to avoid falling to bottom place themselves.

Celtic, after scoring a paltry 10 goals in 16 matches, sprang to life on the weekend with a remarkable 6-1 home thrashing of Thanda Royal Zulu.

Against dangerous attackers such as Mark Mayambela, Petrus Mahlatsi and Celtic’s debutant hat-trick hero Gert Schalkwyk, Goldman will need to keep his wits about him in the United goal.

The ’keeper said United will need to adopt a similar positive approach as in their 2-0 home victory against Ajax Cape Town a week-and-a-half ago.

“Everyone’s completely psyched up for the game because we know it’s against Celtic, and they’re behind us on the log,” he said. “We have to play like we did against Ajax, not sit back, and make sure we take the play to them from the start, and dictate the game on our home ground.

“Which is what we have to do in all our home games coming up. And with the way our supporters have been backing us, and creating an atmosphere that immediately puts the visiting team on the back foot, I am sure we can be alright this season.”

Goldman (24) warmed the bench as United’s third choice for a season-and-a-half before being thrown in at the deep end at the beginning of this month after the poor form of Hunter Gilstrap and Athiel Mbaha. Despite his inexperience, the former Hanover Park, Free State Stars and Vasco Da Gama player has produced some gutsy performances.

“Breaking into the team was something I worked incredibly hard for,” he said. “My team-mates kept telling me to not drop my head. And with their support it was easy to make the adjustment once I did get into the side.”

PRO Brian Zuma yesterday appealed for supporters to come in even bigger numbers for United’s crucial game.

“We appreciate that our fans have remained behind us even though the team has not been performing, and it will be even more important to have the people behind us on Wednesday [tomorrow],” Zuma said.

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