Polokwane City head coach Clinton Larsen refuses to hit the panic button regarding relegation after his side squandered a 2-0 lead, to suffer a 3-2 defeat at the hands of log leaders Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
Most Absa Premiership coaches set 30 points as a benchmark to avoid relegation and Larsen’s charges are seven points from reaching that tally.
“We do believe that seven to eight points is going to suffice for us to stay up and that’s going to be our target,” said Larsen.
Second, from the bottom of the log with 23 points from as many draws and defeats, City are destined for the chop if they don’t arrest their downward spiral.
“The bottom of the table will change with every game that’s played. So, we don’t look at that now. It’s just a matter of making sure that in the next five games we get the points,” added Larsen.
“I wouldn’t say I have experience keeping teams up, I’ve done it once with Chippa United but I strongly believe that we’ve got enough in our arsenal to get the points that we need, the performance against Chiefs really give me confidence that we will get the points that we need.
“We have to win the next match, it is as simple as that. Every game you go in you try to accumulate points, whether is a win or a draw and that’s how you get out of a situation, so we will keep trying that, we have SuperSport next and we will have a little bit of confidence based on our performance against Chiefs,” he said.
A total of five clubs are at risk of dropping out of the Absa Premiership as three points separate bottom-placed Black Leopards and Chippa United, who are in 12th on the table.
“I do believe with a little bit of luck… we can get results from our last five games,” concluded the Polokwane based outfit coach.
Larsen’s men will next tackle ‘Matsatsantsa’ at the Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday at 15:30.
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