Stars focus to beat United

2016-01-27 06:00
DOVE WOME of SuperSport United (right) hopes to get goals to guide his team to its first victory of the season while Themba Tshabalala (left) will marshal his defence with a clean sheet in mind. Photo: Supplied

DOVE WOME of SuperSport United (right) hopes to get goals to guide his team to its first victory of the season while Themba Tshabalala (left) will marshal his defence with a clean sheet in mind. Photo: Supplied

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BETHLEHEM. Z Giovanni Solinas, the Free State Stars mentor, has urged his troops to stay calm and focus ahead on their Absa Premier League encounter against the wounded SuperSport United.

Ea Lla Koto will travel to Pretoria to lock horns with the troubled Matsatsantsa on Saturday, 30 January, at 18:00 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Stars moves into this clash with more energy after they emerged victorious against the struggling Bloemfontein Celtic during the Free State derby that ended 1-0 on Saturday, 23 January, at the Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem.

Meanwhile, United have sustained fresh wounds following their 2-0 defeat at the hands of the current log leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns.

United will come out with guns blazing in search of their first win of 2016.

They have struggled to get the much-needed points since coming back from the Christmas break. United have only managed to collect one point out of a possible nine and that was from a draw against Maritzburg United on 10 January at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

They also lost 4-1 to Polokwane City before losing 2-0 to Sundowns. For the Bethlehem-based outfit things are different, however, as they have won two games and lost one. They lost their first game of 2016 to Golden Arrows by 3-1 before they bounced back and registered a win against Platinum Stars and Celtics respectively.

Stars will be hoping to cement their stay in the top eight while United will be hoping to beat Stars and get a win that could boost their confidence.

The red and white boys are sitting on position eight on the log table with 21 points after 14 games, while United are two steps behind them with 17 points in 15 games.

Solinas said they would make sure that they prepare the team well ahead of the clash. He added that they know that this would not be an easy game since United would be hoping for their first win of 2016.

“United is a big team with good players. For us that would not be an easy game but our philosophy is still the same X playing for three points,” he said.

The Italian coach said he was happy with the attitude of the players and added that if they could keep it that way they will win more games.

“My first week at the team was difficult because the players were not ready after the ten days’ rest. However, I am happy with their physical condition and that they are now understanding what I need from them,” he said.

He said two victories is nothing in football because the race was still long. “We need to work harder because the championship race is not finished today,” he said.

Solinas has dedicated their victory over Bloemfontein Celtic to the injured striker Andrea Fileccia.

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