Ri­vals park the bus: Davids

Mar­itzburg try to snap win­less streak

Sowetan - - Sport - By Sihle Nde­bele

Mar­itzburg United’s coach Fadlu Davids reck­ons they have fallen vic­tim to their own suc­cess at the start of the sea­son, claim­ing it prompted other teams to adopt a cau­tious ap­proach in clashes with the Team of Choice.

Their 3-1 penalty shootout de­feat to Plat­inum Stars in the Telkom Knock­out last Fri­day brings the num­ber of matches with­out a win in all com­pe­ti­tions to eight.

Their last win was in Au­gust when they beat Ajax Cape Town 2-0 in a league fix­ture.

As the KZN side con­tin­ues to strug­gle, Davids feels other clubs have stud­ied how they play and al­ways “park the bus” against them.

“Teams are giv­ing us re­spect, they are sit­ting back and de­fend­ing against us. Our good start to the sea­son and our high-in­ten­sity football have made teams to sit up and take no­tice of how we play,’’ said Davids.

“We can­not com­plain about them park­ing the bus but we can only find so­lu­tions to un­lock th­ese stub­born de­fences. We have to cre­ate dif­fer­ent at­tack­ing struc­tures to find goals.”

Head­ing into their league en­counter against Bloem­fontein Celtic away at Dr Petrus Molemela Sta­dium tonight (7.30pm), Davids is mind­ful that fa­tigue might come into play.

“It is not easy to play 120 min­utes of football [in ref­er­ence to their game against Stars] and drive to Bloem­fontein in the next cou­ple of days. I am con­cerned but still pos­i­tive that we will get max­i­mum points against Celtic,’’ stated the 36-year-old tac­ti­cian.

Mar­itzburg United’s head coach Fadlu Davids.

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