Absa Premiership

Parker hails second-half turnaround

2016-12-19 10:16
Bernard Parker (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker admitted it was a "game of two different halves" as Amakhosi snapped their eight-match winless streak with a 3-2 victory over Polokwane City on Sunday.

Rodney Ramagalela fired Rise and Shine in front after 29 minutes, and the visitors managed to hold onto their slender advantage heading into the half-time break.

However, Chiefs came flying out of the traps after the break, drawing level through Parker's 61st-minute goal, before Joseph Malongoane handed them the lead ten minutes later.

Puleng Tlolane levelled matters in the 82nd minute, but it was Willard Katsande who had the last say, popping up with the match-winner at the death.

In an interview with SuperSport after the match, Parker said: "It's my first 90 minutes in a very long time... But it was [a game of] two different halves. 

"In the first half we were looking slow, we were second to every dual and the second balls as well, and we gave Polokwane a bit of confidence.

"At half-time the coach turned things around, and said, 'forget about the tactics, forget about everything... do it for the Amakhosi, and for the brand,' and we came out firing.

"We kept pushing, and big-ups to the senior guys - 'Shabba' (Tshabalala) and Katsande - for motivating the rest of the lads."

Sunday's result at FNB Stadium sees Steve Komphela's side move up to fourth place in the Premiership standings, just four points adrift of table-topping Cape Town City.

Next up for the Soweto giants is a clash with Golden Arrows at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday evening, and Parker is targeting more of the same as Chiefs look to end the year on a high note.

He added: "We can only grow from here. I'm sure this win will boost our confidence a little bit, and I'm sure we will go more confident into our next match."


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