Barker sees light at the end of the tunnel
6 November 2015
Clive Barker was able to see enough positives in Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to Polokwane City to believe that the Team of Choice are ready to turn the corner.
Maritzburg seemed to be heading for their first win of the season at the Harry Gwala Stadium, but two goals inside the last seven minutes of the game meant it was the visiting team who took all three points back to the Limpopo Province.
“It all went right, we were 2-1 up with a few minutes to go. In football terms you would sum it up as a lack of concentration, it should never have happened,” said Barker.
“It’s been really tough. We have been trying to get them playing the right way. I thought that we had it, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be and we paid the price. We had a great opportunity to get closer to the sides in front of us, but we didn't do it.”
For around 85 minutes though, Barker had been pleased with what he saw from United and believes that if they can eradicate their mistakes, the team can go on to climb out of their current predicament, starting this weekend when they take on the University of Pretoria at the Tuks Stadium on Sunday afternoon (3pm)
“I thought we had looked very good. I thought they were hot, enterprising, at 2-1 you would have said they were doing well. But when it goes 3-2 the other way you wonder what has happened.
“The fans are the ones I really feel the hardest about. They came in numbers and they supported us, and it was really good. We have got to turn it around, a tough one, Tuks away, but we can't run away from it, we have got to go and fight there.
“What I saw [against Polokwane], I guarantee we can turn it around. We must make sure we stay clear of elementary mistakes.