Clinton Larsen: We never look over our shoulders
Posted: 3 February 2018 Time: 11:45
Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen feels his team are on the rise, as are derby rivals AmaZulu.
Both top-eight hopefuls have 23 points from 19 matches heading into their meeting at King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday (20h15).
Arrows, who won the reverse tie 4-1 and boast a better goal difference, are unbeaten in their last three games, most recently drawing 2-2 with Baroka at Princess Magogo Stadium.
Usuthu have not lost in four matches and managed to complete the league double over SuperSport United last time out.
"We've never looked over our shoulders because we all have one target and that is the top eight. So we are always looking ahead to see who is above us, who we can catch and that is how we challenge ourselves," Larsen tells KickOff.com ahead of his 90th game in charge of Abafana Bes'thende.
"We never look back but forward. But it's going to be a difficult game because they are an improved team from the last time we played them, but so are we.
"I think Sandile Zuke and Danny Venter have really brought in a fresh approach to the way we play and I think in the last three games our performance levels have improved. You look at our past results against SuperSport United, Chippa United and Baroka FC, so we are also an improved team from the last time we played them.
''So it'll be an interesting game, a must-win for both clubs and I think any team that wants to finish in the top eight wants to win these type of matches. I'm sure they want to finish in the top eight and win these type of matches. I'm sure they said at the beginning of the season top eight is their target and so did we.
"If that is our target these are the type of games we should be winning and we are looking forward to it, the players are looking forward to it as well."
Larsen suspects Cavin Johnson's men will be hungry for revenge following the one-sided scoreline in September.
"AmaZulu have got a score to settle from the last time we played them," said Larsen.
"It's going to be one hell of a game. The performance against Baroka will be fresh in our minds and if we can play in the same manner just like we did, we stand a very good chance of bagging the points."
Arrows are without left-back Zolani Nkombelo for the next one to two weeks through injury, as well as long-term casualties Andile Fikizolo and Danny Phiri.