Cape Town - AmaZulu coach Steve Barker says his side need to rebound strongly in their Premiership game against Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday.
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Usuthu suffered a shock exit from the Nedbank Cup at the hands of National First Division outfit Golden Arrows and they will need to dig deep to bounce back against the Brazilians.
AmaZulu have been forced to endure a tough ride this season, having only won one game in the Premiership.
Downs, on the other hand, are making a late charge for the title and will be hoping to close the 13-point gap between themselves and Kaizer Chiefs at the top.
"It doesn't get any easier, does it?" Barker said.
"We have to bounce back and we have no choice. In life, successful people are those who stand up after being down and every time they get knocked they stand up again.
"That is what we have to do. We just have to go back and reflect on the loss and get over it.
"Having said that, tomorrow we are facing a very difficult opposition and we have to keep going, we have no choice."
Barker admitted their main weakness has been turning pressure into chances and goals.
"I am [worried] because we play decent football sometimes up until the final third, but we are just lacking the penetration," he admitted.
"[We are lacking] that incisiveness and getting behind defenders.
"We play a lot in front of defenders and we are not getting people behind, and that is the area that is lacking in our game right now.
"We are trying hard to work on it but it's not coming off. It does not help you when you are in good position but the creativity in the final third is not enough."