Cavin confident for Pirates visit

Premiership

Usuthu find themselves at the bottom of the table after the PSL docked them six points a week ago on FIFA's orders for failing to pay their former player Phinheas Nambandi.

Johnson, however, was left encouraged by his men's efforts in their goalless stalemate with KwaZulu-Natal rivals Maritzburg at the same venue on Tuesday, as well as by their previous 3-3 draw with champions Sundowns and 2-1 win over Stars in Umlazi.

"When you look at where the team comes from, what the team has gone through in the last few weeks and the display they put out on Tuesday against a quality team like Maritzburg, then there's a lot of positives to take for Saturday," said Johnson, whose side were also denied a top-eight finish last term by the 'Ndorogate' eligibility saga, which saw SuperSport United take their spot in the MTN8 Cup.

"I thought we have also had great games at King Zwelithini Stadium. Against Sundowns (on September 16) I don't think there has been a better game in the PSL than the one against Sundowns. Six goals, it had all that you want to see.

"The game against Free State Stars (on August 8) was just as good, but we struggled a little bit when we played away to Bidvest Wits (3-0 loss on August 29). We struggled when we went to SuperSport United (1-0 loss on August 8) but again, those games when you look at them, we didn't play bad football.

"It was mistakes that we did not react to, all three goals were set-pieces. But now the players, they love playing football, everybody is loving playing football.

"And the only way that you display that is by doing it on the pitch, nothing else counts."

Kick-off is at 20h15 tomorrow.

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