Barker highlights Stellies' character


Stellenbosch FC coach Steve Barker hailed his side's character after they held Kaizer Chiefs to a 0-0 draw at Danie Craven Stadium on Saturday.

Stellies bounced back from their 3-2 defeat to Baroka FC on Wednesday night by keeping a clean sheet against an Amakhosi side who had scored six in their last three.

"I think after conceding three in midweek and seven goals in the last five, we needed to tighten up and the clean sheet was definitely the target," Barker told SuperSport TV.

"I knew if we kept a clean sheet, we would have chances to win it. I think we created one or two fantastic chances after half-time. And you've got to take those chances.

"But credit must go to the team today. We showed our character, our personality, our identity. And that we're not a team that can be pushed over and that teams have to work to get a victory against us. So we're really proud of the effort. Now we just need to take our chances and show a bit of composure in front of goal and we'll win matches."

And when asked what he thought of Ashley du Preez's performance after a month out with injury.

"Ja, I thought Ashley did well," said the Stellies coach.

"He's been out for over a month. He gave us 70 minutes and did well. He brings a lot of pace and energy and it was good to have him back.

"A well-earned point against a big club off the back of three wins. So I think to get a point off them was well-deserved."