Absa Premiership

Arrows take aim at Ajax

2014-04-09 13:05
Roger de Sa (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Ajax Cape Town’s push for a top eight spot on the Absa Premiership log will resume when they host bottom of the table Golden Arrows on Wednesday evening at Cape Town Stadium.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

The Urban Warriors managed to secure their top-flight status for at least another season when they stunned Moroka Swallows to a 1-0 defeat in Dobsonville last Friday evening.

It was a victory which Ajax snatched against the run of play as Lance Davids came off the bench and converted his free-kick from 30-yards to roll under Greg Etafia and snatch a 94th minute match-winning strike.

Cole Alexander, who was given a rare bit of game time since Roger de Sa’s takeover on the bench, admits that his side didn’t put out an impressive display.

“Getting some time felt good. I did okay but there is always room for improvement,” says the former Chippa United midfielder.

“The Swallows win was against the run of play. We didn’t play the best of football on the night, but sometimes an ugly win is good and the three points is what matters most.

“Arrows are going to go all out against us, so we must not take advantage of the fact that thy are last on the log. We need to take it like we take on any other game, because we need the points as well.

“We want to end up in the top eight, so our main goal is reaching the top eight now.”

The Urban Warriors are five points adrift of their season objective of a top half of the table finish, while Arrows have bigger things to worry about as they stare relegation in the face.

Shaun Bartlett’s team are the only side who are yet to break into the 20-point region and with just five games remaining, their mere haul of 13 points doesn’t look promising for survival.

Arrows’ latest defeat came in the shape of a 1-0 loss to Maritzburg United and the head coach has conceded that it was another somber day for his men.

“Our game against Maritzburg United proved another frustrating day for our team. We were too flat in the first half and once again, one mistake cost us,” said Bartlett.

“The energy and intensity of the team throughout game was much better and we put Maritzburg under a lot of pressure.

“We have a tough game on Wednesday when we face Ajax away but we have to keep believing that all is not over.

“Only when it’s not mathematically possible anymore, we will stop fighting for our survival. So until that day, we will continue fighting.”

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