Although he is happy with their past weekend’s result against Orlando Pirates, Bloemfontein Celtic coach Clinton Larsen says his team’s performance was below par on Sunday.
|Clinton Larsen © Backpagepix
Phunya Sele Sele defeated Bucs 1-0 at home, thanks to a solitary goal scored by Luyanda Bacela.
“I was not entirely happy with the performance of the team. We didn’t play well. I don’t think we were at our best. Our performance against Chippa (United) last Wednesday was much better because we created many chances. We were unlucky to lose to them. We actually deserved to win that game,” Larsen tells bloemfonteincelticfc.co.za.
“On Sunday, We knew it was going to be a tough one playing against the League champions. Their squad is loaded with talent and they made us to sweat for that win. The match could have gone either way. On the balance of play Pirates were a better team on the day. It just goes to show that this is a crazy game; where you can play well and lose or play rubbish and win games. That’s the nature of the sport that we are in. Nonetheless I’m happy with the three points and the effort my players gave this past weekend,”
Celtic dropped all points on the road in three matches, but Larsen believes his club should have collected at least six points out of possible nine.
“I think we shouldn’t have lost our matches against (Black) Leopards and Chippa. We were supposed to have defeated them. Honestly, we didn’t deserve anything against (BidVest) Wits because we were completely off-form that evening. However, we are working hard on improving our away form as we have been terrible on the road. It’s high time we started winning away games, pushing up the table and competing at the top. If the players can keep the fighting spirit like they did on Sunday and be as passionate and driven, I’m sure we’ll get more good results home and away,”
The Bloemfontein side travel to Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium for a date with Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday at 18:00. And Larsen is confident that his troops will get a positive result in Port Elizabeth.
“These are easy games for me as a coach because the players are so driven to come up against Chiefs and Pirates. As a coach you don’t have to motivate them and that has been proven over the years,”
“Against Chiefs, it’s going to be just the same as playing Pirates. We are expecting another competitive game against a team that is firing on all cylinders. We are also expecting a full crowd and the whole country will be watching. We are not going to fool ourselves; we can see that Chiefs are really playing on top of their game at the moment. We are going out there to compete.”