We need to fight hard – Johnson

Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson wants his men to come out with guns blazing when they host Ajax Cape Town at home this coming Tuesday.

Johnson wants Dikwena to put their 1-0 loss to Bidvest Wits behind them and focus on the fight to get maximum points when they play Ajax at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace. The Dikwena coach tells Platinumstars.com that they are eager to change their fortunes at home, where they have won just one and lost four so far this season.

“Our home form is worrying. We have been battling. We need to fight very hard to get things right. We are going to put our best foot forward. We play wounded tigers in Ajax. We are also wounded so it’s going to be a big fight for us. We are going to play for points. We need the three points,” said Johnson.

Though 10-man Dikwena lost to Wits through Eleazar Rodgers’ penalty, they did their best to fight hard in order to pull one back but it wasn’t to be as Wits held on to their lead. Johnson says the red card to keeper Mbongeni Mzimela affected the mentality of the players.

“Playing with one man down is a little difficult in South Africa. It’s a mental thing. When you have lost one man, it’s like you have lost everything. It’s going to take time to repair that mentality. I thought the red card was harsh but it’s part of the game. We didn’t do well in the first half but in the second half we did okay. We told them at half time that they shouldn’t worry about the red card because in small pockets of the game, it is often 2 v 3 or 4 v 2. In the second half, we held the ball well and tried,” said Johnson.

The former Dikwena head of youth is set to make some changes for the Ajax game on Tuesday night.
“There was a couple of players that didn’t do well. I think there were one or two players that did not put the real shift. We will make some changes. We need to come out fighting,” said Johnson.

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