Vuyo Mere says Platinum Stars are like Father Christmas following defeat to Polokwane City
Posted: 5 December 2016 Time: 10:30
Platinum Stars captain Vuyo Mere says they "are like Father Christmas" with the amount of points they are giving away at Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace.
Relegation-wary Stars have suffered six losses at home this season, most recently going down 3-2 to Polokwane City in Rustenburg on Saturday.
Dikwena, who finished third in the league last term, are hovering a point above the drop zone after four defeats in a row - much to Mere's concern.
"We have made this a slaughter house in the previous seasons but now it’s like everybody comes here and we are like Father Christmas giving them points," Mere told his club's website.
"We should put an end to that. It’s difficult already playing away. We need to take opportunity when we are playing at home."
The versatile Mere is frustrated with the team's frailties at the back, having leaked 10 goals in their previous four outings.
"It’s very disappointing but I can’t question the effort from the boys. Once again we let ourselves down. We keep on committing silly mistakes at the back. This is topflight. This is a top league in South Africa so you do those kind of mistakes you are going to get punished. We are going to have to go back and rectify our mistakes and look forward to the next game."
He added: "We have got quality in the side. I don’t know what happened at the back. I know we should defend as a team but we should have pride in ourselves. If you get a clean sheet, you will feel good about it. When last did we have a clean sheet? It’s been a while. If we can work as team in terms of defending I think we have the potential of scoring going forward. We have to go back and rectify our mistakes. There’s no time to go home and rest. We have to work harder. We are not in a position to rest."
Cavin Johnson's men next visit log leaders Cape Town City at Athlone Stadium on December 13.
Stars have nine points from 11 fixtures - 15 points less than City, who have played an extra match.