The Team of Choice return from the near three week international break when they square up to Polokwane City at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday night (19H30 kick off).
Before the break, United lost 0-1 away at Bloemfontein Celtic, and according to Shandu, there were pros and cons in heading into the recess on the back of that defeat.
“It’s was tough, losing the Celtic game, and then having a long break like that afterwards because as a player after a loss, you want to be able to try and rectify it as soon as possible,” he explained.
“But we have been able to look at that game and take positives and negatives out of it, and we have been working hard to rectify certain areas.
“I think overall we have not been playing badly, but we haven’t been scoring, so there has been a lot of work on finishing. Some of the games we have played, the opposition goalkeeper has been Man-of-the-Match. So we are working hard to become better at putting the ball in the back of the net.
“The coach also gave us time to go and reflect on ourselves personally,” he continued, “and then when we came back to training, there was positive attitude from every single player, you could see that every single player wants to work even harder than before in order to try and turn things around.”
While the emphasis on the training pitch has been putting the ball in the back of the net, Shandu pointed out that head coach Fadlu Davids has also factored in the psychological element by not heaping too much pressure on his men.
“The coach said we must not put too much pressure on ourselves though, because if we try too hard to force things, we also won’t score. So we must keep doing what we have been doing, and it will come, we just need to one or two goals and then things should return to normal.
“We will take one game at a time though, if we look at too big a picture, we could get lost. I think we need that one win, and everything could turn – I don’t think we are far off from the top teams. A win on Wednesday could prove a huge boost for us.”
The 22-year-old local lad, already into his fifth season in the top flight, knows well though that United will not be given any freebies against Rise and Shine and will need to grind out victory.
“I watched them against Celtic in the TKO, and they are a good team, you can’t take them for granted, you can’t take them lightly, because they will punish you. We have huge respect for them, but we are going to work our socks off. It’s going to be a fight for every single ball, every single challenge, and we are up for it. When we leave the field, we must know that we gave it our all in the fight for three points."
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