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'Patrick Tignyemb in the top five goalkeepers in the PSL' says Clinton Larsen

Posted: 17 October 2015 Time: 22:10

Bloemfontein Celtic coach Clinton Larsen savoured a moment of praise for his goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb, who was in top shape to foil Golden Arrows at Chatsworth Stadium on Saturday.

Tignyemb's exploits ensured the two sides finished the game to a goalless draw, which was the first in 22 matches since they first met.

Abafana Bes’thende pinned the away side down from the start of the game and created an array of chances, but found the Cameroon goalie at his best to pull off some reflex saves to deny Arrows victory.

Larsen had nothing but plaudits for his goalkeeper.

“That's what good goalkeepers do when called upon. They need to do their jobs effectively and Pat, I always say from my time at Celtic that I regard him as one of the top five goalkeepers in this League,” a relieved Larsen said after the game.

“I counted three good saves and there was one before half-time he tapped around the post [on the right side]. There was one he came with his feet, a quick free-kick [to deny Andile Fikizolo] and he came out on top.”

Larsen says both teams were very indecisive in front of goal, which is a big concern for many coaches in the PSL, with players rushing and not opting for the right moment to score.

“I think for both teams the decision-making has been dreadful and that’s what frustrates us as coaches the most,” he added.

“When you should be shooting, we’re passing, when you should be passing you’re trying to shoot. I just think players need to remain a little bit calmer around the box … they get a little bit anxious and make strange decisions.

“But it was another point and we’re five games unbeaten now, and we just have to keep plucking away.”

A point took Celtic to be joint-top of the log, joining Mpumalanga Black Aces and Platinum Stats with 14 points but having played a game more.

Siwelele will now set their sights on a tricky encounter at home against Mamelodi Sundowns in their refurbished venue at Seisa Ranabodu Stadium in the heart of the club's fanbase.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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