Arrows to iron out defensive problems for Celtic clash

2013-12-04 00:00

AT a time like this, Golden Arrows could do with some wise, cool heads.

The Umlazi-based club go into tonight’s clash at Bloemfontein Celtic with three wins from a possible 11 this season, and 36-year-old defender Joseph Musonda acknowledges that silly mistakes at the back have cost the club all season long.

But so congested is the PSL table that Arrows, currently second bottom on 10 points, will move ahead of Celtic, currently in eighth place on 13 points, with a victory by two or more goals tonight.

Coach Mark Harrison said after his side’s 2-1 loss to Platinum Stars at the weekend that if Arrows could sort out their defensive problems, then they would climb the table rapidly — and Musonda agrees.

“We come from a loss and there is nothing we can do about that,” he said shortly before the side left for Bloemfontein yesterday. “It is unfortunate that we have made mistakes at the back, but football happens like this sometimes. It is up to us to rectify those problems.”

The Zambian veteran denied that Harrison’s criticism of his defensive forces had any negative impact or created any extra pressure going into tonight’s clash.

“Sometimes there is pressure. This is our job and pressure is part of it. We just have to push on and hopefully we will come home with three points.”

Harrison’s opponent tonight is German tactician Ernst Mid­dendorp. His structured set-ups make his sides difficult to break down. Celtic will no doubt look to control all elements of the game against an Arrows side that can’t seem to string two successive performances together.

Harrison has tried, and succeeded to some extent, to get Arrows to move the ball around the park at pace. He certainly won’t go into the match looking for a draw, but if he were to come back with a point, he would be satisfied.

“The major thing for me is the defence,” the coach said. “If we don’t concede, then at worst we come home with a draw.”

The match starts at 6 pm, but will not be televised live.

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