Stellenbosch Football Club

Barker pleased with Stellies performance in Arrows stalemate


Steve Barker has backed his side to start converting their performances into victories following Saturday’s 0-0 DStv Premiership draw against Golden Arrows.

Stellenbosch FC were held to a 0-0 draw by second-placed Golden Arrows on a cold afternoon at the Mpumalanga Stadium in Hammarsdale on Saturday.

Following the encounter, head coach Steve Barker revealed that while he was frustrated by the result, he was nonetheless pleased with his side’s performance away from home.

Match report – Stellies earn point on the road in goalless draw with Arrows

“…Overall I thought it was a good game from us,” Barker said. “We created enough chances to have won it but as the game went on and the rain came down it made it a little more difficult in and around the box.

“I thought it was a good effort from our team to get a point away from home against a team that is doing well in the league. I’m just a little bit frustrated that we’re not getting the goals that our play deserves as often as we should.”

Stellenbosch will be in action again on Tuesday when the team takes on Moroka Swallows at the Danie Craven Stadium and Barker believes it is only a matter of time before his side start turning good performances into positive results.

“…In football, you look at performances and that’s how we do it. I don’t always look at results, performances are more important because I believe, over 30 games, if you have more good performances than poor ones, you will end up at the right end of the table.

Watch – Highlights from Stellies’ 0-0 draw against Arrows

“Once again, it was a solid performance [against Arrows] but there were just here-and-there one or two things we have to work on. With the way we’re playing though, it cannot continue that we won’t win matches.

“We now have to get back to Cape Town where we have a short turnaround to Tuesday’s match against Swallows, who have also had some good recent results, so they’re also a team that are looking good. But, at home, against Swallows, we have to be the ones who take the initiative and ensure that we win the match.”