Barker: Fight against relegation not over

AmaZulu coach Steve Barker praised his team for their 2-0 win over Polokwane City on Wednesday, but says the fight against relegation is far from over.


Usuthu moved off the foot of the table for the first time since August thanks to goals from Goodman Dlamini and Bongi Ntuli at Princess Magogo Stadium.


Barker said it was crucial to score the second, as City were starting to threaten an equaliser.


“I was extremely anxious, especially with one shot which they should have done better,” Barker said after the match.


“Since [goalkeeper] Energy [Murambadoro] joined the team, he has been a first-class and I think he has been one of the major differences,” Barker added.


“It was by no means an easy night for us but I think there is only two teams that have kept clean sheets against Polokwane City and that is Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns.


“But from our side, it was also a great effort that we kept a clean sheet against them.”


Barker is not getting carried away, however, as his team is only a point above fellow strugglers Moroka Swallows and Free State Stars.


“No, not by a long shot: there is lot of work to be done and at least we got ourselves among the mix and with four games to go we have to give ourselves a chance now,” he explained.


“It’s four big games ahead of us and four big cup finals. It is three big wins on the trot now and we do finish our majority of those games at home so we have to continue with this form.


“Lastly, though, I want to thank the fans for coming out in large numbers to support the team but there is a lot of work still needs to be done.”

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