Johnson, who rejoined Dikwena after a stint at SuperSport, tells Platinumstars.com that he is bracing himself for what is expected to be an open match with both sides in attacking mode.
“We will do like we always do. We have variation of the game. From the start we will go out and attack them because they will attack us as well. Hopefully they do that and we will be able to control the ball. For us it’s to have two or three plans within one game. If they sit back we will attack them. As you know our team is always an attacking team. We pride ourselves in defending as well. We are confident now that we can defend and attack well at the same time,” said Johnson.
“We expect them to attack us as well because they have attacking players. Their left and right backs are overlapping all the time. We are expecting quite an attacking game. Hopefully it’s going to be an open game. It will be the same playing style with different mentality to what individuals’ players have to do. We like to keep possession of the ball and we like to attack down the wings and putting in crosses and trying to score goals. We want to dominate possession if we can. If they allow us to dominate possession and then we can find the holes that we see in their game.”
Having worked with a number of players in Stuart Baxter’s side, Johnson has information on the strengths and weaknesses of the players and he will know how to handle the dangers posed by Matsatsantsa a Pitori. Dikwena will go into the match high on confidence having defeated SuperSport by 3-1 in the first leg.
“SuperSport have turned the corner. They have a good coach in Baxter. He is a two time PSL championship winning coach. They haven’t been getting bad results in their last couple of games. We took three points from them in the first leg. That was against another coach. They have improved under Baxter and they play different type of football. We are going to work on our tactical awareness to be a little bit more. We are going to go out there and play very hard because they are one of our immediate competitors. They are coming to our home. We had a slip up at home recently in the Nedbank Cup. We are going out there and put our best foot forward and make sure that we play good football and also win the points,” said Johnson.
“It’s always good to play against your previous team. It helps you a bit because you know some of the players. You know some of their movements and their characters and you try and use that to the advantage of the team that you currently coach. We are going out there to play because you never know what they have planned for you on the day. We take the little knowledge that we have and make it our advantage.”
Johnson made a number of changes during the 1-1 draw against Ajax Cape Town. The coach was happy with the result. He wants the team to do even better by beating the visitors this Sunday