Bartlett urges players to show up

Bartlett urges players to show up
Shaun Bartlett, coach of University of Pretoria ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday May 11, 2016. 11:18

University of Pretoria head coach Shaun Bartlett has compared their last two Absa Premiership matches to cup finals as the Tshwane side aim to avoid relegation.

AmaTuks are on the road to Polokwane City on Wednesday night, before wrapping up their campaign against Lamontville Golden Arrows.

Bartlett says what is important is for them to turn up for the match and also produce a performance that will enable them to grab the full three points.

"The next two matches are somewhat cup finals for us; what is important is that firstly we turn up for the match and then also produce the performances worthy of three points,” Bartlett tells the club's website.

“The performances against (Mpumalanga) Black Aces, Maritzburg United and Bloemfontein Celtic were worthy of getting points and we need to produce more of that and better."

Innocent Nemukondeni echoed his coaches comments adding that it is possible for them to win over Rise and Shine and Abafana Bes'thende.

“We cannot do anything about the results of other teams, the only pressure we feel is what we put on ourselves because we have to win the next two matches and the rest will follow,” adds the player.

“It is possible for us to get full points against City and Arrows, yes we have lost the previous three games but that does not mean we will lose the rest.

“Coach always encourages us to forget about the past and focus on the match in front of us so I don't think we should be judged on the past results.”

The Tshwane side sit at number 15 on the log with 21 points and will have to fight for the full six points to ensure they remain in the top-flight next season.

Their clash against the Citizens is scheduled to take place at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday night.

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