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Maritzburg United's Fadlu Davids wants goals in Telkom Knockout tie with Platinum Stars

Posted: 27 October 2017 Time: 17:30

Maritzburg United coach Fadlu Davids in naturally concerned his team have failed to score in their past four games.

Davids hopes his side can buck the trend when they host Premiership strugglers Platinum Stars in the last-16 of the Telkom Knockout at Harrry Gwala Stadium tonight (20h15).

"Yes, of course, we’ve been working on it consistently," said Davids, whose men drew 0-0 with Chippa United in their previous assignment in Port Elizabeth on October 18.

"Having ball possession and 59 shots in the last four games and not scoring, that tells you a hell of a lot. But we are working on it and I’m confident and have belief in the forward players, not only the strikers, but the whole team in terms of scoring.

"We are not supposed to rely one or two players, but on the squad as a whole to try and solve this scoring situation."

Meanwhile, Davids believes Dikwena have improved since Roger de Sa replaced English coach Peter Butler after two rounds of league fixtures.

Stars are propping up the standings with four points from nine games, having drawn their last two matches 1-1 with Orlando Pirates and Free State Stars.

"He [De Sa] has done a fantastic job so far. They’re much more structured in attack. They’ve got a very experienced team. They’ve got one player under the age of 27 and the rest are all above that age," said Davids.

"So it’ll be a very tough game. We’ve to really go all out, put the league aside now and focus on the cup.

"What we are trying to do is to get more cup experience. We missed out in the MTN8 semi-finals second leg to SuperSport United and this is a chance to put it right," concluded Davids, who was in the stands when the visitors earned a point against Ea Lla Koto at Goble Park on October 21.

De Sa had a brief spell in charge of the Team of Choice last term, resigning in March after just seven matches at the helm.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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