Absa Premiership

Troughton sticking to the plan

2015-05-05 08:01
Steve Barker (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - There will be no room for sentiment when Steve Barker makes his first return to the University of Pretoria with AmaZulu in a crucial clash.

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This was the position of Tuks co-coach Sammy Troughton ahead of the crunch-match against Usuthu at the Tuks Stadium on Wednesday.

Barker returns to his former club with the knowledge that all three points are necessary if they are to stand any chance of avoiding the relegation drop.

Anything but a win could see AmaZulu automatically relegated to the National First Division, a situation they will be desperate to avoid.

With 24 points, the bottom-of-the-table KNZ club is three points behind Moroka Swallows in the Premiership table.

Barker's former club of nearly a decade could condemn him to lower-tier football in what would be a wicked twist of irony.

Barker left the university club in a surprise move to join Usuthu in November, who at the time were struggling at the tail end of the table with no wins to their name.

Barker did well to revive the team - steering them to five wins, but it may have been all in vain as they have just two games to retain their Premiership status.

"Myself, and Steve remain good friends but we are professionals and can't be doing each other favours we have a job," Troughton told Football411.

"They need to win... and we need to win likewise so there can be no room for sentiments on the night against AmaZulu.

"I expect the players to act like professionals because know that they will come out strong.

"When he (Baxter) left the players understood that these things happen in football. There are no hard feelings."

Troughton added: "We need the points to secure our safety as well as we do not want to have to leave it out of our hands and be forced to play our last game again Sundowns having to win.

"We have seen how they play and we know that they like to be direct and like to keep things tight at the back.

"From our side I felt we were disappointing against Swallows, we weren't able to get the job done.

"We were not defensively sound in a game that we should have won."

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