UNIVERSITY of Pretoria coach, Shaun Bartlett, has blamed their recent poor run on resting on their laurels in the National First Division (NFD).

When the club got relegated to the NFD, management made a massive change – releasing all senior players and leaving only six youngsters.

The new-look AmaTuks had a promising start, managed to collect seven points in their first three league matches defeating Cape Town All Stars 2-1, Stellenbosch FC with the same scoreline and playing a goalless draw against FC Cape Town.

The coach was satisfied with their performance saying it didn’t take them long time to gel.

But things turned out to be different when they suffered their first 3-0 defeat to AmaZulu, and since then they have not been consistent.

In the nine games they have played so far, AmaTuks have collected 11 points.

Today the Pretoria-based club will visit log leaders Thanda Royal Zulu at Umhlathuze Sports Complex at (3.30pm).

Bartlett said his players need to believe in themselves, if they want to achieve their goal of getting promoted.

He said: “The situation is not good at the moment. The way we started made players to relax too much, which affected the whole thing. In the past home games we should have stamped our authority, but we failed to convert chances.

“Now we should try and get results and restore the winning mentality.”

Thanda are the only team that have scored more than 20 goals in less than 10 games as they have scored 23.

AmaTuks haven’t won in their past three games. The former Bafana Bafana striker is adamant they can surprise Thanda on the day.

“The past is the past. Our focus is on the Thanda game now. Everyone knows we’re facing a good team and they’re scoring a lot of goals, but we’re not worried about them. Pressure is on them since they’re playing at home. We need that killer instinct and put more effort, going forward.”


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