43: Closing the Gap

12 April 2019
Tembisa, South Africa

This has been a good run for us. Played seven, won seven. Admittedly there were only four league matches against teams we should be winning. Still we are making up ground on Kaizer Chiefs who have dropped points.

Blow by Blow

ABSA Premiership – Match 20/30

2019-0087

Next up we have Wits, who are mid table and looking to improve.

2019-0088

Due to fixture congestion, Rafiq Nene gets a rare start in midfield for us. He is moving on next season and this may well be his last game for the club.

2019-0089

It will not be an easy match, despite us being above them in the league.

2019-0090

And so it proved to be. It was hard work all the way. In the end a late winner decided the contest. Kaizer Chiefs drew so if we win our games in hand we will be level on points, but ahead on goal difference.

2019-0092

Not a lot to separate the two sides, as evidenced by the score.

Nedbank Cup 2nd Round

2019-0093

Last time out we put four unanswered goals past the Black Aces. Even though they are in 12th position they have won four of their last five games.

2019-0094

Young Mthebani gets a start in goal for us. We have have made a slight rotation to keep people fresh.

2019-0095

The media have given us favourite status. Its up to us to justify the tag with a good performance today.

2019-0096

Took a while to get going but three goals in five mins either side ofhalf time put the game beyond them. A hat-trick to Lavet was also pleasing. The late goal was annoying and took a little of the gloss of the game.

2019-0098

One-way traffic with them having one shot for one goal (which they scored).

Job Offer – Liverpool!!!

2019-0100

Had to attend this interview. As a Liverpool fan I am tempted to manage Liverpool F.C. even if it is the Uruguay edition! I wonder if I can manage all of the Liverpools in the world?

Sadly they decided that I was not the candidate they wanted.

ABSA Premiership – Match 21/30

2019-0099

Next up are FS Stars, who we have had a good run against. They haven’t had the best run this season and it is up to me to ensure that that continues.

2019-0101

We field a stronger line-up today. Grigorjevs comes in as AMR advanced play-maker with Radzi still out on international duty.

2019-0102

We are listed as comfortable favourites. Now it is up to us to deliver on that tag.

2019-0103

The first half flew by as both teams cancelled each other out. After the break we took control through goals by Lavet and Ngobeni.

2019-0105

Another dominant performance here. 71% possession and 91% completed passes is a sign of how effective we were.

CAF Champions League 1st Round Leg 1

2019-0106

Old Edwardians – cool name, and cool logo. Lets see how good they are at the game!

2019-0107

We rotate the squad significantly yet is has a very strong look about it.

2019-0108

The bookies make us short odds favourites, and I plan on making sure that we live up to expectations.

2019-0109

The early goal sets the tone, and we don’t look back from there. We put away a second on the half hour, and turn the screws in the second half to run out comfortable winners. Six away goals is always going to be too much for them.

2019-0111

Our shots on target ratio is not good enough again.

ABSA Premiership – Match 22/30

2019-0112

Tuks will offer stiffer competetion for us. The right flank looks like a place to attack these guys.

2019-0113

We play a fully rotated squad, and it looks like we got the strength of the side wrong in the last match as we are significantly weaker today.

2019-0114

This won’t be an easy fixture. Our side is not as strong as I would like, and the bookies give us only a slight edge.

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In the end it was very tight. We won it with a goalmouth scramble just before half-time. A good win for us though.

2019-0117

We blanked them for shots this game, and probably should have done better. Certainly a second goal would have made life less stressful.

CAF Champions League 1st Round Leg 2

2019-0118

We go into leg two with six away goals under our belts. This tie is effectively dead.

2019-0119

Our line up is just about totally a “B” team for this game. Even so it should be no contest given the lead.

2019-0120

The bookies agree and have us as long odds favourites today. I can’t disagree.

2019-0121

Even a stupid red card to youngster Nene could not  stop us progressing. Not a vintage game from us, and once again we had only 1/4 of our shots on target.

2019-0123

Ali’s hat-trick was pleasing.

ABSA Premiership – Match 23/30

2019-0124

Last game out against Black Aces we stomped t he game and put five goals past them. While I don’t expect the game to be that easy, I am quietly confident that we can deliver a good result.

2019-0125

Another rotation, with almost a top lineup fielded. We welcome back the captain Radzi for this match.

2019-0126

The media believe that we should win well today. Past performance is no guarantee of future results so I am not taking this lightly.

2019-0127

Two goals on the stroke of half time were sufficient to bag us all three points. We were very solid and deserved the victory.

2019-0129

Ali was player of the match again. Their defender,  Mnguni, had a shocker with a rating of 4.3!!! That’s the lowest rating I can ever recall seeing for a player.

Player Record

2019-0130

Another record, this time for new signing Ali.

Match Summary

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Seven out of seven is a good return. Pleasing is the nature of the results and the fact we have only conceded two goals in seven games.

League Table

2019-0136

The gap has closed to a solitary point with us having two games in hand, plus a head to head match-up on the final day of the season.

Next Episode

2019-0135

We have a tough run to the finish line as we start meeting the better sides in the league. The two Wednesday games are our games in hand, so by the end of the next set we will be level on matches.

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