Shaun Bartlett, the Lamontville Golden Arrows assistant coach, is drawing on one of the very few positives the club has had this season as they prepare for this week’s Absa Premiership showdown with Mamelodi Sundowns in Durban on Saturday.
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Abafana Bes'thende ended their two-game losing start to the campaign when they held AmaZulu to a goalless draw in their last league fixture
10 days ago, a result that saw them produce a first clean sheet in nine matches dating back to April last season.
That result left Muhsin Ertugral’s men in the bottom two on the table, but Bartlett was optimistic of a turnaround.
“The start has been a bit slow, but the point against AmaZulu was a real positive; a derby is always one of those games that can go either way,” he told PSL.co.za. “For us now at least it’s something to build on.
“For me, even as a striker, it’s always positive to keep a clean sheet. The less goals you concede then the better chance you have of winning.”
Arrows had the third worst defensive record last year conceding 48 goals in the 30-match campaign, with only Black Leopards (58) and Ajax Cape Town (49) showing a more negative record.
“That for us, it is one of the big targets this season, not to concede as many goals as last season,” Bartlett said.