PSL interviews of the week

Larsen is now at the helm in Durban

Larsen is now at the helm in Durban

Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen saw nothing wrong with his side’s approach in the 0-0 draw with Sundowns, while Bidvest Wits defender Thulani Hlatshwayo felt he should have scored a hat-trick…

Abafana bes’Thende held Mamelodi Sundowns to a 0-0 draw at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday. Clinton Larsen was criticised, by some, for being overly defensive, but he had a different view:

“I don’t think we had enough buses to park. We tried to find as many buses as we could!….I thought my players were fantastic today, we didn’t want give them space in behind, which [Keagan] Dolly and [Khama] Billiat in particular enjoy running into, we tried to neutralise them. Hlompho [Kekana] loves to play those diagonal balls, we got both of our wingers closing down those channels perfectly tonight and we had so many opportunities tonight. Another night we could have scored three or four.”

Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango kept a clean sheet during the fixture against Arrows. However, he was not at all pleased with the outcome of the match.

“If we start dropping points it’s not good for us. We are obviously concerned that the gap between us and the chasing pack decreased but we are focusing on us.”

Kaizer Chiefs beat SuperSport United 2-1 at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, goal-scorer and former Ajax CT midfielder George Maluleka pleased that AmaKhosi’s plan came together.

“It was high-intensity from the first whistle; it was very tactical and we tried to manage the game according to the coach’s instructions at half-time, and I think we executed that very well.”

Bidvest Wits beat Pretoria University 2-1 last Friday night, Clever Boys coach Gavin Hunt concerned mainly with the three points even if it wasn’t a sparkling performance.

“Once you get into single-figure games it’s about three points, for whatever you’re fighting for – relegation, top eight, to win the League – it’s about three points. But we have got to be better than that; I thought our performance was better than that to be fair. I thought we were good at times and the final ball let us down.”

Pretoria University coach Shaun Bartlett feels that his senior players needed to take more responsibility:

“It was disappointing in the sense that the experienced players didn’t take charge. Lack of communication, lack of concentration; those little details cost us the game, but once again the effort, I can’t fault that. We are creating more chances and, like I said before, we need to try and convert a bit more. At the back, the leadership qualities need to come to the fore as far as the experienced players go.”

Thulani Hlatshwayo single-handedly won the match for Bidvest Wits, and although the captain scored a brace, he wanted more.

“I had a lot of opportunities – I could have scored a hat-trick today. I was free most of the time and if we had played to a draw or lost I was going to feel bad because I had clear chances that I could have turned into goals.”

Orlando Pirates lost 1-0 to Free State Stars last Wednesday. Skipper Thabo Matlaba felt the pain of losing to his former team:

“We should have won the game in the first half, we created a lot of goal scoring opportunities but we did not convert them. And they (Stars) only got one chance in the second half and they scored and we cried.”

Free State Stars captain Paulus Masehe feels his players deserved every ounce of credit they got when they beat Pirates last Wednesday.

“We had to fight and we fought from the first whistle and it was also a morale booster to be backed by our supporters, they gave us extra motivation and energy. We really felt that we were playing at home and hopefully we can keep the same fighting spirit in the upcoming games.”