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Barker: Not living in the past

Barker: Not living in the past

The University of Pretoria welcome Moroka Swallows to Tuks Stadium on Wednesday eager to rekindle their form prior to the mid-season lay-off.

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AmaTuks went into the intermission off a 1-1 draw at Maritzburg United, which left them well-placed in the middle of the PSL table after five wins, eight draws and three defeats.

But a 2-0 defeat at home to Golden Arrows last week sees Steve Barker's men head into their subsequent engagement after the season resumption in seventh place with 23 points.

AmaTuks recorded a surprise 3-2 away victory over Swallows earlier in the campaign, but Barker has already moved on from that result.

"The first round is gone, we need to work extra hard in the second round," Barker told the club's official website.

"Every team will be looking to capitalize on each game to stay in the league, and we need to do the same as well."

Barker has no major injury or suspension concerns to contend with, although he may have a quiet word with a number of his players sitting on three yellow cards ahead of the clash.

Meanwhile, Swallows will look to pick up with their first win after the festive break having played to a 1-1 draw at Ajax Cape Town last time out.

The Dube Birds have struggled to kick on in the Premiership after their MTN8 title success last year, with the Soweto outfit in 12th place on the standings.

Under pressure to fill the big shoes left in Dobsonville by now-Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund, Zeca Marques felt his side could've done more with the opportunities they created against the Urban Warriors.

"It was so frustrating, we were creating so many chances," Marques told the club's official website.

"We could have wrapped the game up in the first half and we made it difficult for ourselves.

"Luckily in the second half, we were a lot more aggressive going forward and I thought we were tidy at the back as well, barring just one or two silly mistakes. It's encouraging though, because the mistakes are getting less and less.

"When we scored the equaliser, which was a question of time really, I had a huge sigh of relief and an obvious emotional explosion."

Rudi Isaacs was one of the Birds' stand-out performers in the Cape, but along with Felix Obada and Gilbert Mapemba, will need to tread carefully as he is only one more caution away from suspension.

Posted: 19/02/13 12:32

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