LOD leaders SuperSport United will be tested in their next Absa Premiership fixture when they welcome the on-form Maritzburg United to the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium this evening. The match will kick off at 8pm.
Both sides are unbeaten this season after seven matches, with SuperSport enjoying a slender two-point lead over third-placed Maritzburg.
In their last match before the long break, Ian Palmer’s men staged a late comeback from a goal down to beat Platinum Stars 2-1, their third home victory of the season.
Even with their recent form, Maritzburg United captain Fadlu Davids insists that there is still a lot of room for improvement.
“Coming from behind to beat Platinum Stars was a good result for us and we’re happy with our log position, but we also feel we’ve dropped some points along the way. We know we haven’t achieved anything and we’re still working hard,” he said.
Davids says although they have respect for SuperSport United they want to stamp their authority on the field of play.
“We respect SuperSport; they are former champions and still a top team. In previous seasons we would’ve been fine with a draw but the mentality is different now. We want to start winning games away from home and we know it’s possible,” he said.
SuperSport United on the other hand will want to get back to winning ways after their last match ended in a stalemate.
Despite taking a one goal lead against Swallows, Gavin Hunt’s side had to settle for a 1-1 draw after they were reduced to ten men when Morgan Gould was shown a red card.
Striker Glen Salmon says that although the captain’s presence will be missed, he’s confident that they have enough depth to cope.
“Morgan is one of our top players and he will be missed, but we have other players who can fill in. These things happen in football and it’s always an opportunity for other players to put up their hands and do well for the team,” he said.
Salmon also said they’ve been paying attention to Maritzburg United’s rise in the Absa Premiership log standings and they are not planning to take them lightly.
“The game against Maritzburg is going to be tough because they’ve been playing well. They’ve always been tough to beat at home but this season they seem to be playing with the same intensity even away from home, I believe they are going to cause problems for a lot of clubs,” said Salmon.
“However, if we play correctly and stick to our game-plan we should be too strong for them and come away with the right result,” he concluded.
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