Platinum Stars assistant coach Willem Jackson says Dikwena have to absorb pressure in their resolve to turn their fortunes.
On Tuesday night, Dikwena slipped to their fifth consecutive home loss of this season following a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Ajax Cape Town at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace. Jackson, who is the former captain of the club, tells Platinumstars.com that the unimpressive run should be a thing of the past. Jackson says they have to thrive under pressure.
“There will always be pressure. Football is about pressure. No one can tell me that there’s no pressure in football. Whether you are a big team or small team, you must always perform. If the team doesn’t put pressure, you must put pressure on yourself to be successful, to move forward,” said Jackson.
“Nobody wants to lose games especially at home. We are working very hard to win games. We are waiting for that chance. We are aware that our home record is bad. We don’t want to lose at home. When you are losing at home, there are all negative things coming up, negative thoughts and people are talking. All we need to do is work harder and the results will come.”
Dikwena’s home record reads one win and five losses in from of home crowd. Jackson says the team tends to suffer from lapse of concentration during critical moments of the game.
“The only thing is that we are losing concentration at critical stages of the game – the first few minutes, the few minutes before half time. We always emphasize to the players that at certain moments, you need to concentrate. We are working on that,” said Cavin Johnson’s number two.
Jackson is hopeful that Dikwena will right their wrongs in upcoming home and away matches by collecting maximum points.
“Things will change, everything will be alright and we will start winning our games. The only thing that we can do is to score goals. If you don’t score goals you cannot win games. If you close the back, you need to open the front. We need to work harder in creating and scoring those goals,” said Jackson, who encouraged supports to keep rallying behind Dikwena.
“When a team is not doing well, some supports say negative things. Supporters must know that we are there working hard. We appreciate the support. The results will come they must just keep on supporting us.”