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Gordinho: ‘We need to fight in Polokwane’

Bidvest Wits will be eyeing a return to winning ways in the Absa Premiership when Gavin Hunt’s troops take on Baroka FC at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 15h30 CAT.

The Clever Boys fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat at home to Maritzburg United in midweek, with Thabiso Kutumela netting the only goal of the game for the visitors.

It was always going to be a tricky fixture against an improving Maritzburg unit but coming just a few days after Bidvest Wits’ thrilling Nedbank Cup win over Orlando Pirates made it even more challenging.

That said, the Clever Boys created several chances on the night, but were unable to find the back of the net as they now switch focus to this weekend’s clash.

“Definitely disappointing losing at home, especially after a hard-fought win over the weekend. We knew we had to have the same mentality: Maritzburg are a team that fight for every ball, but unfortunately it was not our night,” Gordinho said in the aftermath.

Club captain Thulani Hlatshwayo was suspended for the clash following an accumulation of yellow cards, and while his unavailability was a blow, Gordinho explained that every player knows what is expected from them.

“I think we did okay, even though Tyson wasn’t there every player at the club knows the way we should be playing, should be defending. It is a let-down for defenders to concede, we tried to get the equaliser, but it was not to be on the night.”

Gordinho, who was only making his second appearance for the club, continued: “I think I have adjusted well, the guys have made it very easy for me to come in and to be a part of the team. I think it is going okay so far.”

Next up for the Clever Boys is a Baroka team that are fighting at the wrong end of the table and if anything, they will show even more hunger than Maritzburg did on Wednesday night.

“We need to fight, especially after Wednesday night. We have to go there and fight, it is going to be another tough one, but the nice thing about football is that there is not too long of a turnover for you to rectify things. We only have two days and then we will try and rectify the mistakes and get the win on Saturday,” the 25-year-old concluded.