Clinton Larsen insists Golden Arrows wanted to go toe-to-toe with Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8
Posted: 11 August 2018 Time: 16:11
Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen was pleased that his side attempted to go 'toe-to-toe' with Mamelodi Sundowns in their MTN8 encounter.
Arrows were dumped out of the MTN8 after going 2-0 to Sundowns at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Despite ending up on the losing side, Larsen was proud with what his saw from charges on the day.
“From the onset the boys really tried to go toe-to-toe,” Larsen told SuperSport TV.
“I don’t think Sundowns expected us to play the way we did in the first half where we tried to be on the front foot and tried to play offensively. I thought playing (Danny) Venter a bit deeper as a playmaker worked and it improved our build-up play.
“I was very proud of the performance. Yes we could have done a bit better by closing (Sibusiso) Vilakazi down on the edge of the box with the first goal, but besides from that I thought the players did very well.
“In the second half we conceded a goal because we lost possession on the edge of the box and good teams are going to punish you if you lose the ball in those areas.
“It is a learning curve for the players, but I thought it was a huge improvement on our last match in terms of the team performance, so it is a step in the right direction.
“There are lots of positives to take from this game.”