United look to improve in home game

2011-09-27 00:00

A COMBINATION of poor finishing and a handful of players struggling to find form contributed to Maritzburg United’s poor showing in their 0-0 draw against Black Leopards in Polokwane on Saturday, says coach Ian Palmer.

United created a number of chances where one of Kurt Lentjies, Calvin Sosibo or Felix Obada might have won the match and put Palmer’s men in the top four of the PSL.

“The journey up north is always challenging for the players,” Palmer told The Witness yesterday. “It was a scrappy game, not our best performance of the season and we certainly regretted the chances we missed.”

Palmer acknowledged that his midfield had struggled to control the game and said that the decision to sacrifice Wayne Matle for Michael Morton before half-time was a tactical one.

“Wayne was struggling to find his rhythm and we already had a few players that were struggling, so we decided to take him off,” said Palmer.

“When Michael came on we got a bit more stability and were able to play a bit more.”

The coach added that the midfield on the day never made use of their wide players. He was not entirely unhappy with the performance though, and praised the shift that his defenders put in.

“At the end of the day it’s another clean sheet and another point away from home,” he said.

United next face Platinum Stars at Harry Gwala Stadium tomorrow night, and Palmer has indicated the importance of picking up the win.

“We need to make sure that we pick up maximum points in our home games …”

Fadlu Davids is expected to have fully recovered from a fractured cheek bone and be available for selection tomorrow.

The services of Nigerian striker Olukolade Abobade have been secured, confirmed Palmer, but the player will not be available for selection until United’s away game at SuperSport United on October 14.

Tomorrow’s match kicks off at 7.30 pm.

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