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Published: 9 May 2019

TINKLER: WE MUST PLAY WITHOUT FEAR AGAINST BAROKA
     
   
 

Maritzburg United end their 2018/19 Absa Premiership campaign away at Baroka FC on Saturday.
     
 

 

The match at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium kicks off at 3pm.

 

Victory will guarantee that the Team of Choice finish above Baroka and thereby ensure they escape automatic relegation.

 

Maritzburg head into the game boosted by two successive league wins, including a recent excursion to Thohoyandou where they beat Black Leopards 2-1.

 

“Two back-to-back wins changes the mentality of the team and they will be highly motivated going into the Baroka game,” head coach Eric Tinkler said this week.

 

“We’ve just come from a trip there, playing Leopards, so they’ll be up for the challenge even if it won’t be easy.

 

“The mindset for the game against Leopards was to go there and play football, play to win. And Baroka is going to be exactly the same,” he added.

CLINICAL IN THE FINAL THIRD

Crucial on Saturday will be for United to adopt a positive, front-foot approach, to play to their strengths and to take the game to Bakgaga, says the Team of Choice mentor.

 

“We need to go there and do what we are good at; our offensive play, look to take the game to the opposition, play without fear, and that’s what we’ll do,” he said.

 

“We were wasteful in the first half (in the 3-1 win over SuperSport last weekend) and should have killed the game off in that period. We had at least four or five great opportunities.

 

“We need to punish teams. We need to play with the speed we have, when we did that we hurt them. When we got into wide areas we hurt them, and we needed to continue doing that.

 

“The positive is that everything we did in training, we saw (against SuperSport). All three goals came from training.”

CHARACTER

Maritzburg have shown a lot of guts over the past month or so to give themselves a shot at survival. A lot of that has been down to the fighting spirit of the players, their never-say-die attitude. Now United must pull together for one final 90 minutes.

 

“We’ve got to have that unity within the group, which we have. Guys on the bench supporting the guys who are starting. The guys coming off the bench, adding value,” said coach Eric.

 

If the Team of Choice do the job against Baroka and collect all three points, and any one of Leopards, Chippa United or Free State Stars fail to win their games, the KZN Midlands club will avoid both relegation and the relegation play-offs.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Baroka beat Maritzburg 1-0 in Pietermaritzburg earlier this season. However, the Team of Choice managed a 2-0 win away to Bakgaga last season, and have won four of the five matches against the Limpopo outfit.

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