Arrows coach wants structured play, not rocking and rolling, for Downs clash

2012-09-12 00:00

GOLDEN Arrows coach Mushin Ertugral has called for his players to deliver more structured and complete football ahead of Saturday’s PSL clash against Mamelodi Sundowns at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The match kicks off at 6 pm.

Speaking at yesterday’s practice session at King Zwelethini Stadium in Umlazi, Ertugral said that although his team was languishing at the wrong end of the PSL table, it was still early in the season and it would take time for his charges to get into gear.

“Our pre-season was fantastic and while we could have beaten Pirates, our loss to PSL newcomers Tuks was a setback and dented our confidence. We took that game too lightly and it proved costly as we threw away three points. Against AmaZulu, we were downright awful, hanging back and not even playing football,” he said.

Poring over the stats after that AmaZulu clash, it was plain for Ertugral to see his men up front lacked any killer instinct, with only a handful of touches in regulation play. On the flip side, his wingers were busy throughout, providing ample ball, which was wasted and kept coming back as the opposition snuffed out any attack.

Said Ertugral: “We started the season with high hopes and miracles do not happen overnight. It takes time for the players to get going and in the break since the AmaZulu clash, morale has been high. We need to get our self-belief back and catch Sundowns off guard. If we beat them, they will have to play catch-up for the rest of the season if they want to finish top of the league.”

For Ertugral, it’s all about technical ability leading to harmony on the field. He wants his players to harmonise as opposed to rocking and rolling, playing Arrows football, which is being quick on the ground and getting the ball to the wings.

“Defence is a problem and dealing with the high ball.

“All the goals against us this season have come from long balls and we have tended to ball-watch, playing instinct football instead of natural football.”

Waving a hand at the players, Ertugral said: “It’s clear to see we are working on our patterns, looking for gaps to run into, players to pass to. It looks great here in training, but we need to do that on the big stage and not panic when under pressure.

“… My wish is for the players to prevent Sundowns having too much space and to keep the game tight and compact, playing our own game instead of playing to the other team’s mistakes.”

For Saturday’s match, Arrows are looking at welcoming back striker Thamsanqa Gabuza from national duties and defender Ritus Krjauktis from Greece.

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