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Barker – You Could See The Tension In My Team

Steve Barker

Stellenbosch Head Coach Steve Barker says a draw was probably a fair result after Tuesday’s goalless draw against Swallows in the DStv Premiership.

Barker says the game wasn’t the easiest, as the Dobsonville Stadium pitch was a little bumpy, but he felt both teams had chances to win the game, though says he can see why Swallows have only lost one game this season, as they are tough to break down.

With two games left to play in the season, Stellenbosch find themselves in 14th spot, and precariously close to the promotion/relegation playoff spot, currently occupied by Chippa United. Stellenbosch are two points ahead of Chippa.

“Ja,.I thought tough game for both teams,” Barker said after the goalless draw.

“I think it wasn’t an easy pitch for fluid football, I think the ball sort of, it is quite bumpy so and you know, we fighting for our lives at the bottom of the table. So we have to fight for any point, we have to perhaps sacrifice a bit of the way that we want to play to just scrap.”

“And I think it was a bit of a, stop-start affair, neither team really getting any momentum. However, within that, I think both teams create the chances to get a goal. I think we had a really good chance, Tshabalala top save, (Swallows) hit the post, and a couple of half chances for both teams, I thought it was an evenly fought contest, and probably a draw is a fair result.”

“But ja, you could see the tension in my team. We’re in a difficult situation, and we know that every game is a scrap for our lives. So we played a little bit with anxiety, which is something that we need to work on in the next two and a half weeks before our last two crucial matches coming up.”

“But ja, at the end of the day, a hard fought point away from home against a team that’s only lost once this season. One can see why, they’re a difficult to to break down. But we just got to take this point, have a couple of days recovery, physically, mentally, regroup on the weekend, and prepare for what’s going to be the two biggest games of our short history in the PSL.”

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