Larsen: Strong words did the trick
Posted: 13 December 2018 Time: 11:30
Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen is proud of the fighting spirit his side showed after coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Bidvest Wits on Wednesday.
Title contenders Wits entered the break 2-0 up courtesy of goals from Scot Simon Murray and fellow forward Gift Motupa at Bidvest Stadium.
However, Abafana Bes'thende hit back via strikes from Seth Parusnath and Wayde Jooste to earn a creditable point on the road.
“Basically, at half-time I said to them, 'Listen, it’s an old cliché, 2-0 is a very dangerous scoreline and it is up to us to make this game difficult for them by getting an early goal',” Larsen said.
“And that’s exactly what we did. We got the early goal and it rattled their feathers a bit and from then on we grew in confidence. We also wanted to close the crosses, which we did very well in the second half. Wits were trying to create an angle to get a cross in and we closed those options. So a lot of the balls to the top were going from a central position, which were a little easier to defend.
“But yeah, we had a chance to steal it in the end. But the character from the boys, 2-0 down, not many teams come from 2-0 down on this pitch. I must say I’m proud of the fighting spirit from the team.”
Larsen added that his side, who are 10th on the log with 16 points from 14 matches, have shown they can compete with the best in the topflight, having also beaten Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 in their previous outing.
“We only lost once in the last eight games so slowly there is confidence building in the team. We are also proving that we are not runovers (sic), we can be competitive.
“But the first 30 minutes was embarrassing, I thought it was men and boys. We lost every 50-50, they won every second ball, it was just too easy.
“A few strong words at half-time and that changed, and I must say the players responded very well to what we said to them at half-time. They came back and applied themselves very well.”
Arrows will end 2018 with a clash against Durban rivals AmaZulu at King Zwelithini Stadium on December 22.