Register Login Scores

PSL

'We Wanted To Keep Pirates Guessing'

Stellenbosch head coach Steve Barker reveals how he wanted to keep Orlando Pirates guessing with his formation after facing them in the Telkom Knockout last weekend.

Read: Bucs' Struggles Continue After Shock Loss In Cape Town

The newly promoted side registered their second win of the season after defeating the Soweto giants 1-0 at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

Stellenbosch suffered defeat to Pirates last weekend at Orlando Stadium, but Barker reveals he decided to go with two strikers up front this time around.

"It's almost un-describable what we have achieved in such a short space of time. To come and play in a beautiful Cape Town Stadium against a big team like Orlando Pirates, to put the effort and get the positive results, it's really massive," the former Pretoria University FC coach told SuperSport after the match.

"I just want to give credit to the players they work hard each and everyday and the rewards, you can see the effort they put in there, the commitment. If you keep on working and show that sort of attitude and work ethic, then you just have to be happy for the lads," he continued.

"We changed our formation from last week a bit, we sort of wanted to mix things up and keep them guessing on how we were gonna play. We played with Iqraam [Rayners] and Waseem [Isaacs] upfront and I thought that would cause them problems because they do send numbers forward and I was hoping on transition we could hurt them.

"Yeah, I thought they made a bit of an error with a poor pass and having one extra body upfront helped us. Ja, massive for Iqraam, scoring again for the third time in a row, two NFD [former GladAfrica Championship] strikers they are among the top scorers in the league, credit to them, so our plan worked. They are a good team, they are technically good, we just had to put numbers behind the ball, fortunately it worked for us today.

"The defence was superb, they fought hard, the legs were hurting in the last ten minutes, a massive effort that they put in."

11 comments

Top 5

Rakhale To Sign For Gauteng Club In Next Move?

21 Jul 30, 2020 08:48 AM in PSL

11 South African-born Players Who Represented Other Countries

22 Jul 11, 2020 08:01 PM in African Football

Khune’s Message To The Chiefs Supporters

31 Jul 30, 2020 08:05 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

10 Footballers Who Were Rich Before Football

8 Jul 24, 2020 07:16 PM in International

Official: Xulu Signs In Europe

39 Jul 29, 2020 10:55 AM in PSL

Yeye Picks Himself In Best Chiefs Team Of His Era

22 Aug 01, 2020 02:34 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Messi Linked With €260m Move

9 Jul 31, 2020 07:55 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Drogba Causes Stir In Ivory Coast

18 Aug 03, 2020 05:02 PM in International

Report: Juventus Beat Man Utd To EPL Star

4 Aug 02, 2020 11:31 AM in Serie A

Man Utd Unveil 2020/21 Home Kit

7 Aug 04, 2020 10:21 AM in Manchester United

Confirmed: TTM Taken To FIFA Again!

11 Jul 29, 2020 11:31 PM in PSL

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

11 May 20, 2020 08:32 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Breakthrough For Chiefs’ Latest Deal…

22 Jul 30, 2020 11:23 AM in Kaizer Chiefs