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In what would be Platinum Stars’ last fixture at home this season, coach Cavin Johnson wants nothing less than victory.

A win for Dikwena over Bloemfontein Celtic, whom they host at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace this Wednesday night, will augur well for those who have rallied behind Dikwena this season. Johnson, whose side is in third position on the Absa Premiership table, says his men will fight tooth and nail to emerge victorious over Serame Letsoaka’s side.

“A win will cement what we said at the beginning of the season that we have got to play all our home games at a high level in order to get more support. Our performances so far have been good with the exception of one game against Bidvest Wits, who beat us 4-0 at home. The rest we put a good performance and hopefully we are able to put up a good performance against Celtic. We are confident that we can do it. Our last three games have not been easy. We have got to prove ourselves once again and we have to go out there and play the best football, Johnson tells

“I expect a good fight from Celtic. They are going to come at us. They are not in the top eight and they are looking to get points. They are in a good space because they beat Ajax 5-0 so they are coming to our home to put up a good fight. It’s about us going out there and trying to cement our place and end up on third position on the log. That for me is important. We have got to go out and play as hard as we can in order to end up as number three.”

Johnson and his men will not be lacking on confidence after getting four our six pints in their last two matches against tough opponents in Orlando Pirates and Free State Stars. Dikwena coach says they will build on those performances to shrug off the challenge of Celtic.

“The Pirates game was encouraging. We knew they were going to run at us. We were able to match them and counter the ability they have. We won the battle and scored two goals. Against Stars, we had a fair first half but the second half we dominated the game. We should have won the game. We had many chances but weren’t able to bury them. The players are playing as a unit. Everybody is pushing themselves even though the league has been won already. We are not giving up and that for me is a nice sign from my team,” said Johnson, whose side is third with 47 points.

Celtic are also a hard running team with youthful attackers, who if unchecked can cause damage. However Johnson knows how to handle their threat and exploit their weaknesses.

“We are going to be clever and play counter to counter attack football. We are going to have to use the ball better and in a clever way. They have got some holes within their defence. We are looking to make sure that we are able to get to those areas and use them for our own advantage,” said Johnson.

Kickoff is at 7.30pm.

Posted: 11-05-2016
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