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Not Much To Lose For Carnell

UJ coach Bradley Carnell insists his table-topping side do not have much to lose ahead of their crunch clash with NWU in Mafikeng on Monday.
As the only two sides yet to lose a game this season, the teams find themselves separated by goal difference at the top of the standings ahead of their showdown in front of what will be a sell-out crowd.
However, Carnell insists that there is no extra pressure on his side who are coming off a resounding 6-0 victory over bottom-placed UCT in Soweto.
"There are high expectations and it seems like every week there is a great game in this competition, but it is a challenge we would like to face," he said.
Although UJ have taken some people by surprise with their dominant form, Carnell was always quietly confident they would give a good account of themselves.
"It is all falling into place now, we expected to be there to be honest, although the message we projected was that we were subdued and quiet as the new team," he explained.
UJ's final league fixture will be at home against fellow newcomers Limpopo who are yet to win a game, so Carnell is not feeling much pressure heading to Mafikeng.
"There is not much to lose for us in this one, it is all in our hands so we are not feeling too much pressure," he said.
Carnell's biggest decision will be whether to rest and rotate some of his players to ensure they are fresh ahead of the play-offs, or go all-out to ensure they keep their momentum going.
"That is something I must decide, but whatever happens we will not be taking it lightly and we will definitely be playing to win. I have confidence that I have the players in my squad that are ready to step up," he said.


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