Palmer chasing points in Celtic clash

2011-09-14 00:00

AIM for the Moon and, if you miss, you’ll land on a star. That’s the thinking of Maritzburg United coach Ian Palmer ahead of tonight’s PSL clash against Bloemfontein Celtic at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium.

“We will go out there looking for the win and if we fail then we will still get a point, which will be okay,” Palmer told The Witness on the team bus to the Free State.

United are undefeated in their last seven league fixtures, three of which have been played this season. Their only away game this term was played at Ajax Cape Town, where a late Fadlu Davids goal rescued a point for the Team of Choice.

Palmer said the mood in the camp is good ahead of tonight’s match.

“The boys are looking forward to it and they are feeling good, even though they know it will not be an easy match.

“We have an injury-free squad, with the exception of Fadlu [Davids], so things are looking okay.”

Midfielders Kurt Lentjies and Calvin Sosibo are available for the first time this season, which is set to give Palmer a difficult choice in selecting his midfield for tonight’s game.

“It is a good problem to have; it shows that we have depth in our squad.”

Palmer said tonight’s game will also serve as preparation for Sunday’s home clash with Lamontville Golden Arrows.

“We have a derby on Sunday and we all know how important those are …”

A physical side, Celtic will test United at set pieces — an area that has been of major concern for Palmer’s men after conceding all four of their goals so far this season from either free-kicks or corners.

“We have been training hard at defending set pieces and also on how we attack,” he said.

“But they are vulnerable at home at the moment and we will be looking to take advantage of that and take maximum points from the match.”

The match kicks off at 7.30 pm and will not be televised.

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