Barker reaction to Polokwane City clash
Posted: 16 April 2015 Time: 08:22
AmaZulu coach Steve Barker saluted his men's fighting spirit in their 2-0 win over Polokwane City but warned their fight against relegation is not over "by a long shot".
Usuthu beat City via strikes from Goodman Dlamini and Bongi Ntuli last night to flee the drop zone for the first time since August.
Both players were making their return from suspension, with Dlamini netting his sixth goal of the season following a knock-down by veteran defender Mbulelo Mabizela.
Ntuli doubled the advantage late on with a right-footed shot for his fourth goal since his loan move from Mamelodi Sundowns in January.
A delighted Barker said it was crucial to score the second, considering City were starting to threaten Energy Murambadoro's goal at Princess Magogo Stadium.
"I was extremely anxious, especially with one shot which they should have done better," Barker said.
"Since Energy joined the team, he has been a first-class and I think he has been one of the major differences," Barker added.
"It was by no means an easy night for us but I think there is only two teams that have kept clean sheets against Polokwane City and that is Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns.
"But from our side, it was also a great effort that we kept a clean sheet against them."
Barker, though, is not getting carried away as his team are only a point above fellow strugglers Moroka Swallows and Free State Stars with four fixtures left. Bottom-placed Swallows have a game in hand, while Stars have two extra matches to play.
"No, not by a long shot: there is lot of work to be done and at least we got ourselves among the mix and with four games to go we have to give ourselves a chance now," said the former University of Pretoria boss.
"It's four big games ahead of us and four big cup finals. It is three big wins on the trot now and we do finish our majority of those games at home so we have to continue with this form.
"Lastly, though, I want to thank the fans for coming out in large numbers to support the team but there is a lot of work still needs to be done."
AmaZulu next host Platinum Stars on April 29.