Palmgren still optimistic

2012-09-18 00:00

DESPITE being firmly entrenched at the bottom of the PSL log with a single point after four matches, AmaZulu coach Roger Palmgren remains the eternal optimist, certain that fortunes will soon change.

Palmgren’s woeful start to the season continued on Saturday with another disappointing 3-0 loss to SuperSport United, a team that has battled to get out the blocks this season when it comes to scoring goals.

Against AmaZulu, they looked good in banging home three, adding to the Durban side’s despair and leaving fans pondering just what they have done to have the soccer gods desert them.

Usuthu are the only team in the PSL yet to find the back of the net.

While admitting that morale among the players was a little low, Palmgren said they were the solution to the problem and had to pick themselves up and move forward.

“They are the people who can change things. Nobody else. It’s plain to see we are not scoring goals [11 conceded in four matches] and our defence lacks aggression. No goals means we don’t win matches and we need to climb out of this rut quickly, much sooner rather than later.”

Palmgren said the current state of affairs was definitely not positive, but that there are worse things in life than losing football matches.

Is he a worried man? Could his job be on the line?

“No, not at all. Although we are not scoring goals, we are creating chances, but we cannot finish what we started. What we are doing in practice is being done in matches, and as coach, I can only watch in frustration. I cannot get on the pitch and play for the team. The coaching is being done and yes, if we were not attacking and not trying to score, I would be concerned.”

For AmaZulu, it’s another return to the drawing board and rectifying problem areas in training.

Said Palmgren: “… Thankfully, it’s still early in the season and if we win our next match, we will have double the points we had at the same stage last season. People forget to look at circumstances in that way.”

AmaZulu have enough time to sort matters out before their next match on September 26 at Moses Mabhida Stadium against Moroka Swallows, who beat Usuthu 2-0 earlier this season in the quarter-finals of the MTN8.

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