Shaun Bartlett, coach of University of Pretoria ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Thursday May 05, 2016. 15:58
University of Pretoria head coach Shaun Bartlett believes his troops deserved to lose against Jomo Cosmos and Mamelodi Sundowns, as they continue their battle for Absa Premiership survival.
AmaTuks are in serious danger of suffering relegation back to the National First Division following three successive defeats.
The Tshwane side were confident of surviving the drop following a 4-2 win over Maritzburg United, but defeat to Chiefs and Sundowns was sandwiched between a loss to fellow relegation rivals Ezenkosi.
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AmaTuks now occupy 15th place on the log standings. Last placed Maritzburg are a point back, but the Team of Choice have a game in hand against Orlando Pirates this coming weekend.
Bartlett is hopeful that his side can secure at least a play-off spot, and admits AmaTuks performance over the past few weeks has been very worrying.
"Worse case scenario is we have to fight that we secure 15th place on the log," said Bartlett. "Last place is not where you want to be, you don't give yourself any chance.
"Our performance in the last two games is a little bit worrying, we have two cup finals that we still have to play.
With two vital fixtures against Polokwane City and Golden Arrows to finish off the season, Bartlett is hopeful of a turn-around in fortunes.
Having beaten the Team of Choice in Pietermaritzburg last month, AmaTuks seemed to be on the right track, but three defeats in succession has plunged the club into disarray.
"It is disappointing, it is one of those things where you go back and do introspection and see really as to what I could have done differently as a coach,what the players could have done differently and how we are going to approach the next game," Bartlett said when quizzed about the clubs recent slump in form.
"The three games, Maritzburg United, Aces and Celtic performances were worthy of getting points, the last two were definitely not worthy of getting anything. For me I have to make sure we bounce back and get points on the board again.
"We haven't done enough as far as scoring goals is concerned."
AmaTuks next face Polokwane City in Limpopo on Wednesday, 11 May.