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Rosslee: Eyeing derby win

Rosslee: Eyeing derby win

Golden Arrows welcome AmaZulu to the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday for a Premier Soccer League (PSL) clash that doubles as a derby.

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AmaZulu are languishing at the bottom of the PSL standings with a paltry 13 points, while their city neighbours are 10th with six more points.

Arrows come from a morale-boosting midweek win against PSL rookies the University of Pretoria, defeating them 2-0 away from home.

AmaZulu, however, could only manage a goalless draw against Maritzburg United at home.

Usuthu are looking for their first away win of the season and, even though they play in Arrows stadium, coach Craig Rosslee confirmed that they will approach it as a home game.

"The general approach will be the same; we'll try to intensify the way we play and also try to nullify the opposition and stop them from playing their game, which I think we did against Maritzburg," Rosslee said on SuperSport.com

"We are going to have to play with more calculated risk in terms of our movement going forward so that we ensure to get the win; even though we'll be playing away we'll take this as a home game as well.

"I think it will be an open game against Arrows because they won their game and they will be in a buoyant mood.

"I don't see them sitting back like Maritzburg; I think they will come at us and that could be a positive thing for us as well."

Abafana Bes'thende have beaten Usuthu eight times in seven league matches since the 2001/02 season and will be hoping to continue their modest dominance, especially being favourites.

"I think we did emphasize to the players that we need to start the second round on the right foot and doing so was important, not just for the result but for confidence going into the next game," said Arrows assistant coach Shaun Bartlett.

"There's always a lot of emotion involved in local derbies but it's another home game for us and we have to make sure we consolidate the win against Tuks with another win," he said.

"As far as AmaZulu are concerned it doesn't matter where they are on the log. It is a local derby and statistics go out of the window because a lot of energy is shown by the players and they want to impress their fans as well.

"We have to make sure that we apply ourselves in the right manner to ensure that we get the right results that we want."

Neither side have reported any serious injuries or suspensions ahead of this clash.

Posted: 15/02/13 12:44

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