Our matches are like cup finals - Johnson
Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson regards the team’s upcoming fixtures as cup finals.
Johnson says Dikwena, who are on position 10 with 26 points on the Absa Premiership standings, have to approach every match like a cup final, where the only accepted result is a win. Johnson’s men are expected to give their all when Dikwena take on Ajax Cape Town at the Cape Town Stadium this coming Sunday.
“From now on, we classify all our games as cup finals. Everything now is a cup final. Against Ajax, it’s more than a cup final. It’s a must win for us. We can get a positive result in Cape Town even though it is not easy. We need to get a result. They owe us. We gave them free three points when they came to Rustenburg.
We need to get our three points in Cape Town. Midweek it was a cup final for us against Free State Stars and this Sunday is no different,” Johnson tells Platinumstars.com.
Dikwena meet Ajax after playing to a 1-1 draw against Free State Stars earlier this week. Once again Dikwena were forced to curse due to missed chances. Johnson is hopeful that his men will get things right in front of goals.
“We missed so many chances in that match. We dominated the second half. We had about four one on one situations that we couldn’t convert. The most painful was with 30 seconds left on the clock. Msomi had no goalkeeper to beat. He hit the crossbar. Benson and Abia also missed one or ones,” said Johnson.
“It’s frustrating to miss chances but we mustn’t put too much pressure on players in those positions. They are putting the effort to play a good game of football. The missing of chances is just a mental thing. They will get it right. They will get much better.”
Johnson, who is former Ajax head of youth, says they will build on the positives from their last match in order to emerge victorious in Cape Town on Sunday.
Kickoff is at 3pm.