They surrendered their top spot in the table to Moroka Swallows after suffering their heaviest defeat of the season against Platinum Stars, losing 3-0 in Rusternburg on Sunday to drop to second.
And Cavin Johnson, who was not pleased with the performance, hinted that it was time he brought in fresh personnel. Recently, Matsatsantsa a Pitori have been less than convincing and have failed to keep up their impressive start to the season.
They required a late 1-0 goal to beat Maritzburg United away, then they had to come from a goal down to force a draw against Bloemfontein Celtic at home before losing to Dikwena.
“We didn’t show the tenacity and mentality of a team that are top of the league,” Johnson said. “We were very poor and we didn’t come to the party. You would think being at the top, our strikers or midfielders would be more positive on the ball.
“But if you play like this, you won’t stay at the top very long. Maybe I have to bring different personnel onto the pitch.”
With players like Mor Diouf, Bennett Chenene, George Maluleka and Innocent Mdledle not among his favourites, Johnson might now be forced to put them in the starting line-up.
But their downfall has come because of their defence conceding almost every match and the coach had concerns in that department, although scoring goals also remains a problem.
“I thought the three goals we conceded against Stars were very soft,” he said. “I thought my defence was probably still in Pretoria during the match.”
United and Swallows are both on 15 points at the top of the table, with the Pretoria side second on goal difference.
Johnson’s men host struggling Golden Arrows on Saturday at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, hoping to change their form around.