Absa Premiership

Usuthu must stand up and fight

2015-02-16 13:35
Steve Barker (Gallo Images)

Cape Town AmaZulu coach Steve Barker has urged his charges to 'stand up and fight', following a 3-0 defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday.

Read: Usuthu buckle in Bloemfontein

The bottom-of-the-table Usuthu were dealt another blow in their quest to avoid relegation this season as Mbulelo Mabizela received his marching orders on the half-hour mark, before two goals from Lerato Lamola and a Carlington Nyadombo own goal secure what would turn out to be a comfortable win for Celtic.

After seeing his side slump to a third straight defeat, Barker expressed his disappointment at the manner of the defeat, especially after all the hard work that was put in prior to the match.

Barker told the club's official website: "We are disappointed about what transpired on Sunday after all the hard work and effort that we have put in and showed during the week.

"We will never stop working hard and believing on what can be possible. As a team we need to work together, show unity and pull together.

"The only thing we can do to bring our confidence is to win our next match."

He added: "It's difficult to find positives when you get beaten like this but there are one or two players that showed character.

"We need to channel our emotions to the right direction. There will be obstacles in front of us but we need to stand up and fight. It's not going to be easy especially in the position we are at.

"Our mental approach to our next game is crucial - we need to find a way to win our next couple of matches."

AmaZulu will now cast their attention towards Friday's Nedbank Cup clash with National First Division outfit Golden Arrows at the Princess Magogo Stadium.

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