Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson wants a response from his charges after Dikwena were subjected to a 1-0 loss by Polokwane City in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday night.
Dikwena have no time to sit and lick their wounds. The next challenge for Dikwena is Golden Arrows, whom they meet in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals at Princess Magogo Stadium this coming Saturday. Johnson says his men have to be at their best.
\"We are going to come with our A-game if we want to proceed to the next stage. We are going to have to play much better than we did against Polokwane City,\" Johnson tells Platinumstars.com.
On Wednesday night, Johnson felt his men were not ruthless enough hence the loss to Polokwane. Johnson is of the view that his men could have done better especially in front of goal.
\"We had possession of the game but we just couldn\'t put it in the net. In the league, we don\'t execute proper technique. You can\'t fault the players for effort. The thing is the mental strength within the game that is letting us down. Players lose concentration in critical moments of the game. We need to fix that up. With seven games to go we have got to make sure that we get as many points as we can,\" said Johnson.
Johnson is expecting Dikwena to be on top of their game when they take on Arrows in the cup competition.
\"We will go out there and fight as hard as we can. Going to the next stage of the Nedbank Cup will be good for the players. It’s going to be a hard game. It’s going to be tough because Golden Arrows are a good team. They push hard,\" said Johnson.
\"We expect players to take the game by the scurf of the neck to say we going forward but also make sure that we don\'t give away possession for teams to attack us. They can\'t win the ball too easily from us. That\'s what we need to work on. We need to also work on our organization. We need to come with our A game against Arrows.\"
Kickoff is at 3pm.