The upcoming Absa Premiership game at the Dr Molemela Stadium comes on the back of United’s elimination from the Telkom Knockout after they lost on penalties to Platinum Stars on Friday night.
The match had ended 0-0 after 120 minutes in which the Team of Choice had dished up several outstanding attacking moves, only to fail to stick the ball in the back of the net.
“Yes we had the better chances to finish the game off in normal time and extra time,” coach Fadlu said of the Dikwena defeat. “We can’t complain. Teams are respecting us, they’re sitting back, forming their units deep.
“Our good start to the season, with the high intensity football we’re playing, has made teams sit up and notice and give us the respect.
We have to find a solution,” he continued, “we can’t complain about the bus [defensive approach my opposition teams], we can’t complain about anything. As coaches we must find a way to unlock these stubborn defences. We have to create different attacking structures to be able to unlock these low lying defensive blocks.”
Coach Fadlu is pleased that his team is at least creating opportunities. And with the league standings tight, he remains optimistic that his charges can turn things around.
“If you look at the stats, 59 shots in four games, that’s definitely something where we can’t complain.
“We have to look at the bigger picture. We have games in hand and if we win our next two games we’ll be just behind [league leaders] Baroka FC. So the next two matches are really important, we have to go for it, go for six points, even if they are away. Our target is to turn our games-in-hand into points.”
In terms of commitment and effort, Fadlu said his men cannot be faulted, especially in trying times for the squad following the death of midfielder Mlondi Dlamini in a motor vehicle accident.
“The players have been really focussed and really structured in wanting to do the job and wanting to work hard and wanting to push for the results we need right now,” he said.
The match against Celtic is set for a 19H30 kick off on Tuesday. Last season’s corresponding game saw the Team of Choice grabbing a 1-0 away win.
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