Absa Premiership

Polokwane City never lost hope

2014-10-23 12:43
Tokelo Langa (Backpagepix)
Tokelo Langa (Backpagepix)
Cape Town - A stunning midweek victory could be the turning point for Premiership strugglers Polokwane City, according to midfielder Tokelo Langa, after keeping their heads up through trying times.

The visitors secured a 2-0 win over Wits on Wednesday night, settling in 14th place in the standings as they climbed above the relegation zone.

Langa, the Man of the Match, said the Polokwane squad had remained positive in the early stages of the season, even after they were handed a 5-1 drubbing by Bloemfontein Celtic last week.

"Coming back from the Celtic game, we didn't lose hope because we knew whatever we did in training was going to bring a good result at the end of the day," he said.

"So we never looked down and we came here for three points, and I'm very happy for my teammates because we put a lot of hard work into this game."

The Polokwane players stood firm at the back, with Puleng Tlolane breaking the deadlock shortly before the interval and second-half substitute Boban Bogere burying the winner just after the break.

"I think it's about concentration. In our previous game we just attacked, leaving space behind, so today we made sure there was a lot of good information at the back," Langa said.

"We didn't concede a single goal, so I'm very pleased with our defence today. They worked very hard."

The unfancied outfit's Yugoslavian coach, Kosta Papic, was relieved to bag a crucial three points with only their second win of the league season.

"It was a good result, a good performance. Finally the result has rewarded us for what we've been doing the last couple of weeks," Papic said.

"I hope we're going to continue like this, and I'm happy with my players because I finally have the commitment I want from them.

"I hope this will be good for morale and help us for the next match."

Wits coach Gavin Hunt lamented his team's poor finishing up front, as they slipped three places to seventh in the table after nine rounds of matches in the league campaign.

"We must have had eight or nine chances, one-on-one with the goalkeeper," Hunt said.

"At the end of the day you've got to give them credit, but we certainly should have won the game."

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