Neeskens calm after mauling

2011-10-31 11:47

Johannesburg - Mamelodi Sundowns mentor Johan Neeskens has downplayed his side's 5-1 thrashing of struggling Black Leopards at the weekend.

The Brazilians, who visit Platinum Stars on Wednesday, went on the rampage at Loftus Stadium but Neeskens cautioned that it is "too early" to say his team has arrived.

"We have to be a little patient with this team, okay. We have only played nine games and it is not fair to put my team under pressure. It is too early," he told

"They are under a new system, the way I want to play and you are not going to do that in two or three months. Let's wait until at least halfway through the season and then you can come with this sort of question. I will tell you then whether I see improvement or not," Neeskens said, when quizzed over the team's progress.

He continued: "I'm just happy that we are just three points behind the leaders and I'm satisfied that we are one of the highest scoring teams as we have scored 19 and SuperSport United have scored 21. But sometimes we concede goals and we must not do that.

"I see improvement, but I know we have to improve in some areas and the players know that also. But maybe in February we can see if there is improvement."

Sundowns are fourth on the Absa Premiership table behind SuperSport United, Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows.