Absa Premiership

Parker blames lack of goals on added defensive duties

2016-11-01 17:42
Bernard Parker (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs forward Bernard Parker has revealed that his lack of goals in the Premiership comes as a result of him placing unnecessary pressure of himself.

Having been primarily limited to substitute appearances this season, the 30-year-old has not opened his account for Amakhosi this season. The former Bafana Bafana international however has dismissed claims that he is being forced to reinvent himself within Steve Komphela's new formation.

"I wouldn’t say that I’m forced to reinvent myself [because] I still run like a young boy with the tests I’ve done," he told KickOff.

"I even run further and longer than the youngsters."

Parker's last goal for the Soweto giants was in a 1-1 draw against Blomefontein Celtic in the MTN8 Cup semi-finals last season.

"It’s just that I need to stop putting so much pressure on myself in trying to defend too much I think that’s my downfall," Parker revealed.

"I tend to defend too much and try to help in defence instead of actually focusing on trying to be in the box as often as I can.

"But I am debriefing myself, and the aim now is just to get myself in scoring positions as much as possible," he concluded.

Meanwhile, Chiefs welcome Baroka FC to the Moses Mabhida Stadium in a 'home-away-from-home' Absa Premiership encounter on Wednesday.

The Sowetan giants will hope to secure maximum points in order to maintain their stance at the summit of the PSL log.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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