UNIVERSITY of Pretoria coach Shaun Bartlett is hoping that the Fifa international break will help them to iron out their problems after losing two games in a row.

AmaTuks started their National First Division (NFD) campaign on a high collecting seven points in their first three matches. But things have turned ugly for them as they have lost their past two games without scoring a goal.

Bartlett’s charges were thumped 3-0 in Durban by AmaZulu in their first defeat of the season two weeks ago. Last weekend they lost 1-0 at home against Jomo Cosmos. AmaTuks wants to bounce back to the Absa Premiership as soon as possible therefore are expected to make an impact in the NFD.

But it’s going to be tough for them as the other teams who have once plied their trade in the top flight, AmaZulu and Thanda Royal Zulu have been outstanding this season.

Bartlett says they will play some quality friendlies to make sure that they get back to the shape before it becomes too late.

He said: “I’m happy that we have this break after two consecutive defeats. It will give us more time to work on our game, which is what I needed. We have organised friendlies which are going to help us to improve from our past performances.”

“Our past two games we were bad and the reason is that we did not apply what we do in training.”

He concluded by saying that if they continue this way they will put themselves under unnecessary pressure.

He said: “We still have time to turn things around. There’s no pressure yet, but if we continue like this we will put ourselves in trouble.”


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