Absa Premiership

Highlands target survival point by point

2017-03-24 18:02
Gordon Igesund (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - A high-ranking Highlands Park official says he would happily settle for a succession of draws as a means to escape relegation.

Back-to-back 1-0 victories over Free State Stars and Maritzburg United have moved the Lions of the North out of the drop zone for the first time in several months.

Co-chairman Brad Kaftel admits his club have found life in the top flight difficult this season, but feels the team is currently on an upwards trajectory.

"The PSL's a very tough league," he told Soccer Laduma. "For us, it's a steep learning curve of note. 

"The quality's high and everyone's fighting. There're no bad teams. I think we're a much improved side from the first round after strengthening well. There were some matches when we didn't believe but that's now changed."

The Gordon Igesund-coached Highlands Park are now 13th, just a point above the relegation zone, and with 20 points from 21 matches.

With 30 points usually enough to beat the drop, Kaftel says the aim is to try and pick up at least a point from every remaining game.

"That's the bottom line,” he replied when asked if a point per game will result in top-flight survival.

"Could we draw two and win one of our next three matches against Lamontville Golden Arrows, Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates? I think so. That would put us on 25 points. 

"Then we'd be a step closer. Whether my club goes to Ajax or Bucs come to us, I truly believe that Highlands has a chance to get something from those games."

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