Rivals park the bus: Davids
Maritzburg try to snap winless streak
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.