Bloemfontein Celtic coach Clinton Larsen not happy with performance
Posted: 11 November 2010 Time: 1:19 pm
Bloemfontein Celtic coach Clinton Larsen says he is happy about the three points his side picked up against Platinum Stars on Wednesday, but he is not entirely happy about the overall performance of his troops.
Phunya Sele Sele produced a gutsy performance when they came from a goal behind to overpower Dikwena 2-1 in an entertaining match at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium.
This was the second time in as many weeks that the Free State outfit came from behind to emerge victors; Celtic did the same thing when they defeated Moroka Swallows with the same score line a fortnight ago.
"I'm happy we've collected full points against Stars. Credit must go to the players for showing a great fighting spirit on the night as they didn't drop their heads when we were trailing.
"But I'm concerned we left it until very late as we did against Swallows recently," Larsen tells KickOff.com.
"This is the problem we are facing at the moment. We wait for other teams to score first before we wake up and start playing. We are slow staters! But we are working around the clock to rectify this problem.
"In future, we want to start much better. We need our big influential players to start being dominant from the word go. I think we will get there soon," he adds.
Larsen also thinks his club was hard done by the referee Phillip Tinyani by disallowing them what looked like a penalty. The ball hit the hand of one of Stars' defenders in the box but the referee was not interested.
"I think we were disallowed a clean penalty but I'm not complaining about it. We were just unlucky as we also hit the upright twice. These things happen in football," the coach says.
Larsen has praised super-sub Danny Venter for changing the complexion of the match against the run of play after he was brought in. The Klerksdorp-born player was an assist to a goal scored by Nathan Paulse, before scoring a winning goal for Celtic.
"I'm happy for Venter! He came on and turned the match for us. He is such a great talent and he improves with every game."
Celtic travel to the Masterpieces Moripe Stadium for a date with SuperSport United on Sunday at 15h30.
"United are champions despite their position on the log. They've got a quality team and are going to give us a tough match. But we'll take confidence from three points we picked up against Swallows on the road.
"Hopefully we can do the same thing come Sunday. We'll give it our best shot and I'm optimistic we'll come back with something," he concludes.