Stellenbosch Football Club

Barker: We rolled up our sleeves in difficult conditions

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Head coach Steve Barker is drawing positives from disappointment after being held to a goalless draw by Sekhukhune United on a wind-swept evening in Stellenbosch.

Stellenbosch FC extended their unbeaten run to 20 matches across all competitions after playing out a goalless draw against Sekhukhune United in their DStv Premiership encounter on Saturday evening.

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“The conditions made it difficult, probably for both teams,” Barker said during his post-match interview, highlighting the gusts of wind that surpassed 70km/h at stages throughout the encounter.

“It was difficult to keep the ball and create opportunities, so it was just about trying to deal with and play in the conditions as best we could.

“In the first half, where we were against the wind, we subdued them and didn’t allow them to keep us in our own half for too many long periods so I thought it was a good half from us coming in at half-time.

“I was hoping that in the second half with the wind, we would be able to play a bit more and create more opportunities, and I thought we were unlucky [not to score] after some goalmouth scrambles and good saves from their ‘keeper.

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“They looked dangerous on transition from time to time but it was ultimately pleasing to keep our third clean sheet in the space of a week, and in difficult conditions at that. “I am a little bit disappointed because were maybe a little bit unlucky not to get maximum points, but I am also pleased that we didn’t concede.

“The players showed a different side to themselves, rolled their sleeves up and played a different brand of football to what we normally would like to play, but the conditions forced us.”

Barker’s troops will be back in action on Saturday, 13 April when they play host to SuperSport United in the quarter-final of the Nedbank Cup.