Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen notes warning from Mamelodi Sundowns' Pitso Mosimane
Posted: 24 October 2017 Time: 09:30
Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen is taking heed of Pitso Mosimane's warning that the big guns of the Premiership will assert their pedigree as the season matures.
Baroka and Arrows are surprisingly setting the pace nearly a third of the way into the campaign. However, Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are hot on their heels as are Cape Town City, while Sundowns are seven points adrift of the summit but with three games in hand.
Mosimane has accepted the reality but feels the 'big boys' often flex their muscles when the fixtures come in think and fast.
Larsen insists Abafana Bes'thende are not stressing about defending their lofty position.
"We are not obsessed about being on top of the log," says Larsen. "We are not obsessed with Q-innovation. But we are a young team trying to improve all the time... I'm just trying to get this message across because there's always talk about being top of the log.
"Listen, Pitso Mosimane said the other day the big boys are going to rise to the top, and he said it. We are small boys, we are small teams and we know that and we behave that way. We will bow down to them off the field but on the field we don't bow down to anybody. We respect anybody as I have said before but we fear nobody."
Meanwhile, Larsen was content to collect a point after his side twice came from behind in a 2-2 stalemate with Polokwane City at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu on Saturday.
Larsen felt fatigue was factor for his charges, who drew 1-1 with Bakgaga at Peter Mokaba Stadium three days earlier.
"I think in the end we'll say we'll take the point because we came from behind. But we knew we were going to be a bit flat.
"We played on Wednesday, drove back on Thursday to Joburg, flew back to Durban, had one day of regeneration and played again. It wasn't for us, but once again the players showed great character.
"You know going a goal down, early goal, we came back immediately and right up until the end. We have built up a very strong mentality in the group to never give up, regardless of how much time is left and it showed.
"I'm very happy that they pushed all the way. In the end we could've got the win but, like I said, to come back from 2-1 down so late, we'll have to take the point. But I'm not happy that we dropped two."