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Parker Addressed Change In Position

Bernard Parker has discussed his change in position under new Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter after scoring against Mamelodi Sundowns.

While Chiefs lost out to Sundowns in the penalty shootout, the veteran player was pleased with what he saw from the team in their MTN8 quarter-final.

Parker feels there are a lot of positive signs, and he is confident that the team is on the up and if the players put in the effort, they will be tough to beat.

“I did not expect now that we’ve reshuffled and have quite a few new inclusions, that we would learn so fast and click so fast,” Parker told the club’s media department.

“It’s good that we are getting to gel this fast. With the Kaizer Chiefs that gave the champions a problem, I believe we can grow further and be tough to beat.

“There are a lot of signs that Amakhosi will be back soon in terms of the style of play and in terms of winning ways. It’s now up to us as players to keep our attitude and our game temperament levels up every time come match day.”

Parker was also pleased to get on the scoresheet last weekend and explained his change in position under Baxter.

“I played higher up in this game, as a striker,” Parker continued.

“In previous games I’ve played as a midfielder and couldn’t get into scoring positions, trying more to construct and consolidate build up play to get the team up to an attacking phase. This time I was playing higher as a striker.

“With the ‘Bernard Parker instinct’ I have, I kept trying to find myself in good positions. When the ball came, I was in a good position to put it away. It was a good feeling. I would like to add more goals if I keep playing in a higher position. But wherever the coach will put me, every time you see Bernard Parker, he will give his 120% for the team.

“The good thing is that after they got two goals, we kept our heads high. We kept soldiering on and motivating each other, knowing and believing we can come back. And we did play better afterwards.

“We started taking more risks in our build up in terms of going forward and it worked out for us. We kept them on the back foot and implemented what we worked on, that we wanted to come out on the diagonals.

“When we found (Njabulo) Blom out on the diagonal, he put a brilliant cross in, where I ran into the near post, anticipating it well and the cross came in with such pace that I just guided it into the corner.”