Fileccia Discusses Win In Title Chase With PSL Gig Guns
Andrea Fileccia Has Six Goals In Eight For Maritzburg United
Maritzburg United’s Andrea Fileccia says that scoring goals in high-pressure situations are just ‘part of the job’ after his game-winning penalty against Platinum Stars last week.
The 26-year-old has now got six goals in his last eight games for the Team of Choice, and his four Absa Premiership goals mean that he’s now joint-sixth in the scoring charts.
Fileccia grabbed a brace against Dikwena to keep Maritzburg’s unlikely title push alive, with Fadlu Davids’ side now just six points behind Mamelodi Sundowns with eight games left to play.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the striker discussed the 2-1 win on Friday night, explaining that those sort of moments are what he plays football for.
He said, “It was a very good game, we didn’t play so well in the first half, but we came back. We just wanted three points and the win. It’s part of the job, to take responsibility up to the last seconds and for me, it was just a simple penalty.
“The formation changed in the second half, that gave us more possibilities to find the goals, the coach came with the right plan, thanks to him.
“This is why I wanted to play football from when I was very young… To have those moments. During the week, you have to train every day, go to the gym, physio etc. At the end of a match, that’s the reward you get.”
Fileccia’s head coach was full of praise for the Belgian, saying that they’re now being rewarded for their patience in him.
He explained, “When Andrea signed we knew he came with a very bad injury, so it was about managing him. Under Ernst, he came back, but then he tore his quad.
“So it’s about not rushing him, it’s about building up game minutes. It’s my responsibility to see a player does not come back and play too much too soon and get injured. It was about waiting, working, he has a fantastic work ethic and I’m happy he got the two goals.”
Maritzburg take on SuperSport United next in the Absa Premiership as they look to try and close the gap on Sundowns even further.