City goalkeeper Modiri Marumo’s performance allowed Solomons’ new team to hold on for a goalless draw against Wits in a Premiership clash in Johannesburg on Wednesday. Marumo made a number of saves as Wits enjoyed more attempts at goal, forcing the teams to share the points.
“Every point we get, we will climb a little bit and hopefully there will be a chance where we get three points,” Solomons said at Wits Stadium after the game. “There’s a long way to go. We can’t be too unhappy, we must be happy with the point. At this stage, a point is like gold in this league and where we are.”
The draw is Polokwane’s first of the season, having lost five of their seven league encounters so far, which resulted in Duncan Lechesa becoming the first coach to be sacked this season.
Solomons said he was happy with the result, particularly against strong opposition and having not had much time to prepare with his new troops. “You can see they’re playing and enjoying themselves. They were fighting out there, they showed that fighting spirit, that will to win, it’s there.
“The team were going all out not to let Wits score. We wanted a clean sheet, we got a clean sheet, but unfortunately we didn’t score.”
The former Santos boss who left Bloemfontein Celtic earlier this month added that the main objective for City would be to move away from the relegation zone and survive relegation by the end of the season.
“Our main focus is to try and maintain the status of the club in the Premiership. I think that is fair and I think that is realistic. We’re keeping our heads on our shoulders and we want to survive in the league.
“That is our main objective and if we can survive, then we have reached our objective. I think the players have got the potential to do that. They have the ability and the will power is there as well.”
Solomons’ next assignment will be a daunting meeting with Mamelodi Sundowns at the weekend. “Mamelodi Sundowns have scored goals in all of their last games. Hopefully we will be strong and we will be tight,” Solomons said of the game.
“We defend very well and if we are organised very well and we build the play from there, then I think we stand a good chance of scoring.”