Four tough games ahead

2011-09-30 00:00

NEARLY a quarter of the way through the domestic season, Maritzburg United are flying higher than ever before in third position on the PSL log after their last-gasp win over Platinum Stars on Wednesday night at the Harry Gwala Stadium.

The Team of Choice are undefeated in their last 10 League encounters dating back to the end of last season and find themselves ahead of both Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs so far this term, but still coach Ian Palmer is expecting more from his players.

“Our finishing over the last couple of games has been an issue for us and that is something that we need to address,” he said after his side’s victory on Wednesday.

After going a goal down, a red card for Stars defender Phelelani Mpangase changed the game and gave United a way back in, but Palmer says that his side should have won the match anyway.

“Yes, the red card did help us, I can’t dispute that,” he said. “But I felt that they scored their goal against the run of play and we should have finished them off anyway.”

While United are now just two points behind log leaders and their next opponents, SuperSport United, Palmer has remained realistic about his side’s chances of staying at the top of the table.

“We have four very difficult away games coming up and we will be able to have a more realistic understanding of what our targets are once they have been played,” he said.

United do not have any new major injury concerns after Wednesday’s match, other than a knock to the foot that Matle picked up. With two weeks to recover before their next outing to Pretoria on October 14, though, it is expected that a fully-fit squad will be available for selection.

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