Parker pumps up Amakhosi

Following a lethargic start to the season, which saw Chiefs knocked out of the MTN8 by SuperSport United in the first round and then battling to an away draw at Bloemfontein Celtic, the amber lights are flashing yet again at Naturena.

SuperSport will again be the opposition this evening at FNB Stadium (19h30).

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“The goals are there. We scored in the Carling. Then in the game against SuperSport the ball just didn’t reach the net but it was good attempts, we hit the post and the keeper made good saves,” says Parker.

“In the last game [against Celtic] there was a goal on set-piece and not a lot of us getting a lot of opportunities. With the combinations upfront we are looking better, we're looking smooth, we are gelling especially with me and [Gustavo] Paez. If we can get 'Shabba' [Siphiwe Tshabalala] back to his best I think we will have more power.

"For us upfront, do you say we need to be a little bit more calm? You're calm, they close you down. You say you need to try and be sharp then it is a rush situation. So it is a matter of striking that balance and that balance will come automatically if the confidence, spirit and belief is there.

“For now we are playing good football and getting into all attacking areas from wide and centrally and we are looking good in set plays. Just that little bit 10% more in staying more compact and being disciplined in terms of defending and being more ruthless in attack. I don’t know but we are looking good and I have strong belief in the lads that the way we are going now things will automatically come our way.

"We just need to keep the consistency, the spirit, we keep the confidence because that is the main thing. If we keep the consistency and keep working hard I think doors will eventually open, things will eventually come our way."

Parker adds that he believes his combination with Gustavo Paez will click and benefit the rest of the team.

“It is good for us to share the responsibility upfront and lead by example in terms of being selfless in the last third and making sure that the ball hits the back of the net in a team spirit way. For us, me and Paez we do a lot. We run a lot and keep defenders on the back foot. We try and penetrate as much as we can. The main thing for us as strikers is keep giving the defenders the problems so that they open up other opportunities for the other attackers.

“If things come my way then so be it. In football every striker has their season and striking form and I hope I can get that back. If any one of us gets to score early it will automatically lead to the rest of the team gaining confidence. At the rate at which we are going right now I believe that there is a lot being expected from us and if we keep pushing this way positive happenings will follow,” he notes.

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