Relegation-threatened Stellenbosch have endured a terrible spell, failing to register a victory in their last nine DStv Premiership encounters – languishing in 14th place, a point above the relegation zone as the battle to avoid the axe in the top flight continues.
With only three matches to spare this season, Steve Barker remains optimistic and acutely aware that winning today’s match (15:00) at Dobsonville Stadium against a Swallows side that has only tasted defeat once this campaign will definitely enhance their survival hopes.
So as to achieve the objective of retaining their status as a Premiership club, Barker has set a target of six points in their last three league matches against Swallows, TS Galaxy, and Golden Arrows.
“We understand that there are few points to play for and in the position that we are it’s obviously very precarious, so we very mindful about the situation which demands a response each and every time we don’t get a positive result that we so work hard to get,” said Barker.
“We have to win some football matches which we haven’t of late. You know everyone can see the league is very tight at the bottom. So we have to concentrate on what we need to do, we can only control our performances, we can only control our preparation which I think we have controlled really well and have to get the job done.
“In the next three games, we need to win a minimum of two matches. So we don’t have time on our side, so it’s important that we start with the positive result [against Swallows], and then we can take that positive result into our home game against Galaxy but we understand that we have to work hard for these results. But we ready, we are prepared for the task, emotionally,” added the ‘Stellies’ mentor.
Barker, who said the mood is the ‘Stellies’ camp is upbeat ahead of their trip to Soweto went on to admit that he is wary of the threat Swallows possesses.
“Everybody is understanding of what needs to be done. We’ve prepared well for the match against Swallows and I do believe that the commitment of the players is on a very high level.
“Swallows had a good season, as this far they’ve done themselves really proud to be in the position they are. It’s gonna be a difficult game we all know they only lost 1 game the whole season however we understand the importance of this fixture,” he concluded.
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