Barker encouraged by fighting spirit


AmaZulu coach Steve Barker has spoken highly of his side’s fighting spirit in the 3-1 home loss at the hands of Mpumalanga Black Aces on Saturday night.

“Obviously very disappointed with the result, when you concede three goals from set pieces, it’s always going to be difficult to win a football match,” Barker said.

“Generally, overall I thought there was not too much difference between the two teams so the score line for me probably wasn’t a true reflection of the game.

“I felt there was great commitment from the players, I thought there was enough unity and effort from them however we lacked a little bit of class of final third class and finishing and taking our chances.

“I think we created a number of chances, I even felt that had we got one chance back with even with 10 or 15 minutes to go we could’ve forced something from the game.

“Unfortunately we just didn’t take the opportunities that came our way but for me the biggest disappointment was the manner in which the three goals were conceded. That’s disappointing but I’m not too disappointed in the overall performance.

“For the rest of the game I felt Aces we limited them into creating no chances except the three set pieces in which they scored the three goals. In that regard pleasing but a lot of work to be done not to concede like that,” said Barker.

Asked of possible changes ahead of next week’s away fixture against KZN rivals, Maritzburg United, the 46 year old mentor would not single out any mistakes committed on the field of play.

“There’s a lot of anxiety at the moment within the club but we have to channel it in a way that it helps the club. We can’t give up on our situation this early.

“Every battle that we have we have to fight together, there’s 9 points to play for before the Christmas break and we have to do it together,” he added.

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