Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen draws positives after stalemate with Cape Town City
Posted: 27 November 2017 Time: 17:30
Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen is not complaining that his team is near the top of the pile despite their last victory coming two months ago against relegation-wary Platinum Stars.
Abafana Bes'thende are on a seven-game winless run in the league, but are just two points behind Premiership leaders Baroka after 12 matches.
Larsen said after his side's 2-2 draw with Cape Town City in KwaMashu on Saturday: "I feel very good that we are number two [now three after Orlando Pirates' win over Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday] on the log. If we are number two with so many draws I think we are a lot better than the 15 other teams... that's how I feel about the season so far.
"I'm proud of what the boys are doing. To get maximum points in this league is not easy, especially for small clubs like Golden Arrows. So I'm very, very proud. There are some games we could've won and we drew but one thing you can never, ever question is the commitment our players show out there.
"There's an inconsistency throughout the league... don't just point fingers at Arrows, it's everybody. Which team is running away with the league right now? You can't tell me there's a team, so we are happy. We are a young team, we are a small team and I'm very proud of what my players have achieved so far."
Arrows looked to be on the way to three points against the Citizens courtesy of goals either side of the break from Siphelele Magubane and Jabulani Shongwe at Princess Magogo Stadium. However, Benni McCarthy's men equalised in the final 10 minutes as Ayanda Patosi converted a penalty and Thabo Nodada's deflected shot wrong-footed goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede.
Larsen, though, took the late drama in his stride.
"We restricted our opponents to only shots outside the box and they never threatened us except for the two goals they got; one penalty and one deflection," he said.
"I thought we defended very well, good shape from the beginning to the end. So it was disappointing to have conceded that way after the hard work the boys had put in. I thought it was very unlucky to concede, especially the second goal with the deflection. But sometimes they go for you and sometimes they go against you.
"We need to learn to see out results a little bit better but there's not much you can do with the deflection. I don't care who you are, when it goes against you it goes against you."
Larsen's side will be without defender Musa Bilankulu through suspension when they next visit Free State Stars at Goble Park on December 6.