Absa Premiership

Fish: Bucs defence looks improved

2017-05-02 09:09
Mark Fish (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Orlando Pirates defender Mark Fish feels the Bucs defence has shown great improvement under coach Kjell Jonevret.

The Buccaneers have conceded only four goals in their last six matches, which have brought four wins and two draws.

Fish, who played at centre-back for Pirates and Bafana Bafana in the mid 1990's, says that the improvement has come about with an increased effort by the entire team, and not just those men paid to defend.

"When you talk about defence and you start to see that a team is conceding less goals, it starts from the front," he told Soccer Laduma website

"When you start defending as a team, it makes your job as a defender and as a goalkeeper much easier. It starts from the front and as strikers and midfielders, that's all part of your job. 

"It's important to communicate and it's your job as an individual to assist your teammate in doing his job," he explained.

Fish also pointed out the importance of communication.

"Now that they’re starting to communicate and talk to each other, they're fulfilling their potential as a defensive unit.

"I think that the new coach (Jonevret) has looked into that and made them play with a lot more discipline.

"We all want to score goals, but, as a defender, even though that's rich coming from me because I always wanted to score goals, it's important that you do your job as a defender first."


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