Kaizer Chiefs star Samir Nurkovic has opened up on the widespread criticism from supporters during their poor run of form.
Chiefs recorded just one victory in their first nine games of the DStv Premiership campaign under head coach Gavin Hunt but Nurkovic's return to the starting line-up has sparked an upturn in form.
Two wins from two against AmaZulu and Cape Town City have lifted Amakhosi back into the top half of the table and the Serbian striker admits the fans' unhappiness was not unnoticed.
"Really difficult four months for me, every day you can see supporters and they are all wishing speedy recovery and all that stuff but sometimes you need time to get back to the field," he said when asked about the complaints in his absence.
"You can rush something. It's not the same with no supporters at the stadium. It's a big difference because they've always been our 12th player. It's harder without them but everything is all for them now, everything we do is for Amakhosi."
Last season's top scorer has now challenged the rest of the squad to maintain their recent results and continue their upward trajectory when they take on Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila at FNB Stadium on Tuesday.
"The previous two games against AmaZulu and Cape Town City the game, the team has been working really hard," he said. "We're not giving up anything and now we need to use the momentum to keep moving forward one game at a time.
"We really don't have a lot of time to think about our opponent [TTM], we need to focus on ourselves and our play. We have to continue with the good fighting spirit that we gave to supporters for the last two games and move forward."
Chiefs could move up to sixth place with a victory today, while TTM will be aiming to move outside the drop zone when thet meet at 17h00 this afternoon.
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