Johannesburg - SuperSport United need to find goals quickly if they are to keep up with the league front-runners and challenge for the Premiership title this season, according to coach Gavin Hunt.
United extended their unbeaten run in the league to five matches on Wednesday evening, after playing to a goalless draw against Mamelodi Sundowns in Atteridgeville.
With only a single win, however, from their first five outings, Hunt said they were in desperate need of goals.
"The draws get us away from the pack a little bit," Hunt said ahead of Matsatsantsa's home encounter against Free State Stars on Saturday.
"That's a bit worrying but it's still a long long way to go, I know that.
"We haven't scored goals, we've lacked a little bit of form and quality, so the players haven't hit their straps yet."
With four cleansheets from five games, and having conceded only once, United have the best defensive record in the early stages of the league season, and Hunt believed the team should to be commended for their performance at the back, but needed to strike at the other end.
"We've played some tough games. If you look at how we've played, we are three points off where we wanted to be," Hunt explained.
"We wanted 10 points after five games, and we've got seven, so we've gone in the right direction but we are obviously not taking our opportunities.
"As a team we have done very well from that perspective, but you have to build a team from defensive structures.
"We've tried to do that but now we need to kick on and maybe get up there and score a few goals."
Hunt's side face high-flying Stars, who find themselves fourth on the log, two places ahead of United, but the hosts have an opportunity to leapfrog the Bethlehem-based outfit with a positive result in Atteridgeville.
"They are a physically tough side and it's going to be a battle," Hunt said.
"It's always a battle when we play them so I don't think it'll be any different.
"We are looking forward to it. We will have to do a little bit of rotation here and there, just to keep it fresh.
"I think we will settle down a bit more and the players need to understand they need to work hard."
Meanwhile, in Saturday's other matches, Platinum Stars host Amazulu in Rustenburg, Ajax Cape Town will look to break the University of Pretoria's impressive unbeaten run in Cape Town, Golden Arrows welcome Black Leopards in Umlazi and table-topping Kaizer Chiefs face Chippa United at FNB Stadium.
On Sunday, newly-crowned MTN8 champions Moroka Swallows face a tough assignment when they host Mamelodi Sundowns in Dobsonville, while defending Premiership champions Orlando Pirates are away to Bloemfontein Celtic.
Maritzburg United and Wits were set to kick off the weekend action in Pietermaritzburg on Friday night.