Absa Premiership

Mnyamane praises Barker

2014-11-23 16:23
Thabo Mnyamane (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg -  A stern talk from head coach Steve Barker whipped the University of Pretoria into shape, striker Thabo Mnyamane said after they fought back for a superb victory over Moroka Swallows.

Trailing 2-0 with half an hour to play in Dobsonville on Saturday, AmaTuks struck three times to snatch the points with a 3-2 win, lifting themselves two points clear of the Premiership relegation zone.

"The coach told us to lift our heads and forget about the first 45 minutes," man-of-the-match Mnyamane said.

"We knew we could do better, so we went out there and gave it our best."

Lerato Chabangu scored just 68 seconds into the match after a defensive blunder by the Tuks defence, and Felix Obada stretched the lead seven minutes after the half-time break.

The visitors regained their composure however, to turn the match on its head. Atusaye Nyondo pulled one back from the penalty spot on the hour mark, before Mnyamane equalised from the edge of the area.

Partson Jaure netted a deflected goal with seven minutes left in the match to bag the win.

"We got ourselves into a lot of trouble after giving the first goal away, which was very poor," Barker said.

"At half-time I told the players it was probably from the best 90 minutes two weeks back (in a 3-0 win over Ajax Cape Town) to the worst 45 minutes I've seen them play."

Barker though, lauded his players for their impressive turnaround in the second period.

"It's a magnificent victory. To come from two goals down and win 3-2 is fantastic."

Swallows meanwhile extended their poor run of form to seven league matches without a victory, slipping to second-last place on the log.

Caretaker coach Fani Madida admitted the Birds were finding it more difficult to pick themselves up after each game as their struggles continued.

"It will be a big ask from them. The next game we're playing is against Maritzburg United, which is a hard-running team, but we have to go there with our heads high and try to compete."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Free State Stars v SuperSport United, Goble Park 19:30
Mamelodi Sundowns v Maritzburg United, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Friday, 15 December 2017
Cape Town City FC v AmaZulu FC, Cape Town Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Mamelodi Sundowns v Bloemfontein Celtic, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 15:30
Chippa United v Polokwane City, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:30
Free State Stars v Orlando Pirates, Goble Park 18:00
Wits v Platinum Stars, Bidvest Stadium 20:15
Kaizer Chiefs v Ajax Cape Town, Moses Mabhida Stadium 20:15
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.