Swallows need to lighten up. Not crack more jokes but lighten up in terms of how they approach a football game, admits head coach Brandon Truter.
While Truter heaped praise on his defenders, who have managed to stem the flow of goals into the back of their net, he says they need to play with a positive mindset.
“We’re one of the defensively sound teams in the league. But scoring and finishing has become a bit of a sticking point for us‚ and we are working on it,” he said.
The ‘Dube Birds’ have the second-best defensive record in the league this season, behind Mamelodi Sundonws. The Soweto outfit have only conceded 10 goals in 16 matches, an impressive record for a team making a return in the Premier Division.
Truter‚ whose team remains third on the DStv Premiership log and unbeaten after 16 rounds‚ said he was not worried about the latest five draws in the league but wants his men to take a more attacking approach when they take on Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) in the Nedbank Cup Last-16 at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Friday evening.
“The five draws, yes‚ we are looking at that. And at this moment‚ yes‚ the mindset maybe has to change. Maybe with all this talk about this unbeaten run‚ the thinking is about not losing a game and that shouldn’t be our first point of reference. Our first point of reference should be winning games,” added Truter.
“But that is what we set up for – even the Cape Town City game [a 1-1 draw on Sunday] ‚ we scored first and had chances to take all three points but finishing let us down again.
“So we are a team going out to win. And it’s the opponents who are setting up to stop us doing that. And if you put the draws into perspective‚ they’re away to CT City‚ away to [Orlando] Pirates‚ away to SuperSport [United] and away to Sundowns.
“It’s clubs who season-in and season-out are competing for the title‚ and we are amongst them still‚ and it’s all away games,” concluded the Swallows mentor.
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