Arrows hoping to recover against Bucs

Lamontville Golden Arrows will look to end their four-match losing streak in the Absa Premiership when they visit Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium on Sunday afternoon, kick-off at 15h30.

Abafana Bes’thende fought hard against defending champions Kaizer Chiefs in Durban on Thursday night, but still succumbed to a 1-0 loss with Bernard Parker scoring the only goal from the penalty spot.

The result left Arrows at the bottom of the table with 10 points from 14 matches but coach Mark Harrison is says he was encouraged by the character that his side showed after two big defeats.

“It was disappointing to lose in the end because we applied ourselves correctly against Chiefs,” he said.

“They also had their moments but overall I was happy with our performance and I thought we deserved something from the game.

“At the end of the day, it was another loss but we have to soldier on and take some heart from the way that we competed.

“Up next is another tough game against Orlando Pirates, who are fighting to move up the table and we have to dig deep again.

“They are a quality side and they also need the points but my players know that if we fight as we did against Chiefs then we won’t lose many more games.

“I hope we can play even better on Sunday and that it will be our turning point.”

Pirates registered back-to-back league victories for the first time this season when they edge the University of Pretoria 1-0 on Thursday with Oupa Manyisa finding the back of the net.

The win moved the Buccaneers up to 13th place with 13 points from seven matches and the central midfielder believes they will take some momentum into their final game of the season.

“We needed to achieve our objective in that match – we have another tough match against Golden Arrows on Sunday and it was important for us to win here tonight,” said Manyisa.

“We want to go into that match with confidence and winning here tonight (Thursday) gives us the belief that we can certainly get a good result against Arrows.

“We wanted to secure a home win, our first in the league and I think we have in the last two matches done enough to host Arrows confident enough on getting another three points.”

The two sides have already met in a Telkom Knockout encounter this season, a match which ended 4-0 in favour of Pirates with Lennox Bacela netting a hat-trick.

Last season the Buccaneers pulled a league double over Arrows, winning 2-1 in Johannesburg before beating them 2-0 in Durban.