‘Beware complacency’ - coach

2018-01-10 06:00
Maritzburg United head coach Fadlu Davids does not want his players to become complacent after a come-from-behind win on the road to Ajax Cape Town on Friday.PHOTO: gallo images

Maritzburg United head coach Fadlu Davids does not want his players to become complacent after a come-from-behind win on the road to Ajax Cape Town on Friday.PHOTO: gallo images

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FOLLOWING a first round of the 2017/18 Absa Premiership season that saw Maritzburg United blow hot and cold, head coach Fadlu Davids has cautioned his players about getting overconfident after their spirited display on Friday.

Second-half goals from Deolin Mekoa and Siyanda Xulu earned the Team of Choice a convincing victory at Cape Town Stadium on Friday evening, cancelling out Tashreeq Morris’s first-half strike to move up to seventh spot on the Premiership standings.

This was their sixth successive victory over the Cape side and their third away success of the campaign, moving them to within seven points of pace-setters Mamelodi Sundowns.

However, Davids is reluctant to go overboard regarding the victory and has warned it would be foolish for his side to get complacent, saying he has seen this movie play before.

“I’m actually worried. I’m worried that we won. We had this at the start of the season as well when we played really fantastic football and then I had to get my players back down to earth.

“Now again a good start to the second round of the season, but hopefully we can take lessons of what we’ve experienced, getting into the semi-final of the MTN8 with fantastic performances and then going through that period — without a result against Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates.

“We have to be careful now. There’s an extremely thin line between complacency and confidence.

“We have to go right up to the point of that line and be confident but not go over that line and become complacent because we could find ourselves again in one of those situations that we were in the first round.”

Maritzburg dominated the game from start to finish, and the 36-year-old tactician, praising his side’s performance, admitted the only disappointing aspect of the evening was that they did not take their chances in the first half.

“I think it was really a dominant performance from start to finish. I’m extremely proud of the boys, having gone a goal down.

“And for sticking to the game plan and not just launching long balls, sticking to the structure, unlocking them on several occasions.

“But the final shot, the final action in the final third, we have to work on that.

We have to do better to be able to score at least three goals in the first half. But, of course they stuck to the plan.”

Davids was particularly impressed with centre-back Motsie Matima, who came on as a sub to make his maiden appearance in the top flight.

“We knew tactically we were going to make a change at half time and then after that it becomes very difficult for the coach to put his stamp on the game, being on the stands. Motsie Matima, making his PSL debut in a pressing situation, did very well.

“I think we definitely deserve the outcome because normally you have these type of performances and then not get the result.

“I think it’s credit to the boys, with the fantastic performance they finally got the reward they deserve.”

The Midlands outfit will next be in action on Friday when they host Bloemfontein Celtic at Harry Gwala Stadium.

Kick-off is at 8 pm.

ABSA PREMIERSHIP WEEKEND RESULTS:

Saturday

Platinum Stars 0-1 Cape Town City

Orlando Pirates 3-1 Baroka FC

SuperSport United 0-0 Kaizer Chiefs

Polokwane City 3-2 Mamelodi Sundowns

Yesterday

Bloemfontein Celtic 2 - 1 Golden Arrows

AmaZulu 0-2 Chippa United

ABSA PREMIERSHIP MID-WEEK FIXTURES:

Tomorrow

Ajax Cape Town vs Mamelodi Sundowns — 7.30 pm

Wednesday

Bidvest Wits vs SuperSport United — 7.30 pm

Friday

Ajax Cape Town vs Platinum Stars — 8 pm

Maritzburg United vs Bloemfontein Celtic — 8 pm

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