Pi­rates and Chiefs fans gave Brockie ‘a lot of stick’

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MAZOLA MOLEFE

JEREMY Brockie says he feels like he’s just turned over a new leaf af­ter scor­ing his first of­fi­cial goal for Mamelodi Sun­downs – 13 months af­ter join­ing them from crosstown ri­vals Su­per­sport United.

The Kiwi-born striker was be­com­ing frus­trated with him­self for shoot­ing blanks and was be­gin­ning to spend more time ei­ther on the bench or in the stands as coach Pitso Mosi­mane had to make do with other op­tions.

Gaston Sirino, a mid­fielder, was played as a striker in re­cent matches to make up for Brockie’s poor form, and so too was Toni Silva, a nat­u­ral winger.

“The hard­est part was to try and deal with this men­tal­ity,” Brockie said a day af­ter break­ing his duck in Sun­downs’ 3-1 Absa Premiership vic­tory over Free State Stars on Wed­nes­day night at Lof­tus.

“Since I ar­rived in the coun­try (Jan­uary 2015) I have been scor­ing goals con­sis­tently and then I got the move that I wanted to Sun­downs.

“I knew it was go­ing to be dif­fi­cult, but I thought I would have adapted a lit­tle bit quicker and that it would have been a lit­tle eas­ier for me, but the longer the time goes with­out scor­ing the more pres­sure you put on your­self and the more peo­ple start talk­ing – hide be­hind their phones on so­cial me­dia and give you a lot of stick, by the way most of them are Pi­rates and Chiefs fans.”

Brockie is ob­vi­ously des­per­ate to build on that one, but very sig­nif­i­cant, goal he scored in the mid­week fix­ture. Sun­downs host Pi­rates this af­ter­noon in a top of the ta­ble league clash at the same venue where the striker fi­nally got the mon­key off his back.

“I think the eight or nine games I was sit­ting on the side­lines gave me enough time to think, spend time with the fam­ily and get a lot of sup­port,” he said.

“I feel very good now be­cause the first one is out of the way, hope­fully they start flow­ing in a lit­tle bit more and I can keep my­self in the start­ing eleven and help the club get to the top of the ta­ble.”

An­other one of the ar­gu­ments prior to Brockie scor­ing was that the Brazil­ians’ style of play did not suit him – as well as the sug­ges­tion that they were also not play­ing to his strengths, try­ing to turn him into a player that he isn’t.

“I think the way we played (against Stars), yes. We spoke about it a lot in the pre-match meet­ing, the coach said we needed to get more balls and crosses into the box for the likes of my­self to get on the end of. Although the cross didn’t find me di­rectly and was a mis­take from a de­fender, it al­lowed me to score the goal,” the striker ex­plained.

“I think if we can stick to that, not the whole time, and there are crosses com­ing into the box, which is a strength of mine, then we will see more goals than not.”

To­day:

Golden Ar­rows v Baroka FC, Mamelodi Sun­downs v Or­lando Pi­rates (both 3.30pm kick-offs); Kaizer Chiefs v Chippa United (Moses, Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium, Dur­ban, 6pm); Free State Stars v Su­per­sport United, Bid­vest Wits v Bloem­fontein Celtic (both 8.15pm)

Amazulu v Polok­wane City, Cape Town City v Black Leop­ards (both 3.30pm)

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