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  Published 11 December 2017
COACH PRAISES PLAYERS’ EFFORTS
 
 
 


Maritzburg United head coach Fadlu Davids was especially pleased with the effort his players gave in the second half of the match against Baroka FC at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday.

   
 

Evans Rusike put United up before half time, adding a second after the break before Siphesihle Ndlovu completed the result.

 

Coach Fadlu says that understandably (the game coming only three days after the 4-2 victory over Cape Town City) his side were not at their very best in the opening 45 minutes.

 

“We weren’t as fluid as we normally were at the start. The effects of a match two days earlier meant the players weren’t playing their usual free-flowing high intensity football. But the second half they really showed the team ethic, the team solidity,” he said.

 

“Tactically we had to change a few things, we weren’t finding our normal rhythm. We needed to get through the first half and then change it. The change helped and we were able to find more width and then play our normal game.”

 

United were able to come through a tough patch with two wins last week, although coach Fadlu says he never lost faith in his boys.

 

“We have been playing well throughout [the winless] period. Really good football. Yes we weren’t scoring, but we got some draws, one or two games didn’t go our way.

 

“If you take the likes of the Pirates game, the Chiefs game, the cup matches against SuperSport, those were all top, top performances. There were a lot of fantastic performances. Now against Baroka we were able to get the goals and kept a clean sheet. I’m very proud of the boys.

 

“That’s what you get with young players,” the former Maritzburg striker continued, “I knew that when I assembled the team with the youngest ever squad the club has had, I knew there would be ups and downs.

 

“So when there was pressure from the media, I have to shield them. Because they give their all, 100 percent in training, the spirit is absolutely fantastic. If you support them, allow them to play, you’ll get results.”

 

Coach Fadlu has been changing his starting XI a bit of late, showing faith in the entire squad.

 

“We have 23 players all currently available. Each and every one can play at any time, and that’s exactly what it’s about,” the Team of Choice tactician explained.

 

Maritzburg are next in action when they take on league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns in Pretoria on Wednesday night.

 


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