Barker under no illusions

Thabo Mnyamane.

Thabo Mnyamane.

The first Premiership victory of the year for University of Pretoria at the weekend provided coach Steve Barker with a renewed sense of confidence.

AmaTuks registered a narrow 1-0 victory over Platinum Stars through Thabo Mnyamane’s , above, first-half strike after going three matches without a victory.

But the respite might be short-lived as the team have some tough outings lined up.

Tuks will face their cross-town rivals SuperSport United this weekend in a Nedbank Cup clash and Barker said nothing short of a victory would suffice.

“I am more relieved than anything else,” said Barker, “It was a tough game but I think we deserved the victory.

”Once again the players showed a lot of character and fought hard for the victory. I think we wanted it more, that’s why we kept attacking even after that goal.

“But we are aware of what awaits us, we play a very good assembled SuperSport United and will have to go out there and give it our best shot because in order for us remain consistent we need to win our matches.”

Stars had a chance to leapfrog to third position in the Absa Premiership but Allen Freese’s men were despondent and had no answer against Tuks.

Baker, the longest-serving coach in the PSL, added that the students are on course to change their fortunes in the league but he is still concerned about the team’s inability to put away their chances.

“I think we need to be more technically sound in all our remaining fixtures,” added Barker, “just as we were against Stars.”




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