Johannesburg – Following a disappointing defeat a month ago at the hands of Moroka Swallows, SuperSport United boss Cavin Johnson says his team is excited at the prospect of turning the result around on Saturday.
“I think we've done our homework and the one thing we don't want to do is chase the game at home,” Johnson said on Friday.
“We've prepared ourselves well not to chase the game. We've looked at them a little closer and the last tactical game-plan we had for them did work.
“It just has to be done a lot more and then we can get through, but hopefully we'll be able to break them like we plan to break them this weekend.”
Johnson's outfit would host Swallows in a Telkom Knockout quarter-final clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium and with the prospect of a semi-final place up for grabs, coupled with a determination to set the record straight after last month's result, United were raring to go.
“We are playing at home against Swallows. As far as the players are concerned, they have prepared well and they know that Swallows is a very good team.
“But, we are at home and we should be able to go to the next stage of the competition.”
Matsatsantsa went behind before the half-time break in their last game, before conceding a second which allowed Swallows to walk away with a result which saw them climb to second in the Premiership standings.
But Johnson believed their second meeting with the Soweto side would be different.
“Against Swallows, we conceded two very silly goals and they were also quick goals,” he said.
“We have quality players, be it in defence or in attack mode now. We just like to think that what you do on the training field, you are able to take onto the competition field.
“We try and get the players to do what they love best and that is scoring goals and having the ball at their feet.”
The former Platinum Stars coach said he hoped United would regain the type of form which saw them rise to the summit of the league standings, despite the Premier Soccer League's scheduling of the season, which had seen a lack of consistency.
“The fact that we had so many breaks, you always have to start a mini pre-season again,” he said.
“We've had a one week break, nobody's played football and then all of a sudden you find yourself in the next part of the competition as far as the Telkom Knockout is concerned.
“It's always going to be difficult. The momentum is lost and you have to make sure that you pick up that momentum again, like when we started off (the season).”
With goals coming from all over the field, Johnson said his team were enjoying their time in the opposition halves and goals were coming in steady supply from more than one player.
“I'd like to think that I have four strikers in Sameehg Doutie, Thuso Phala, Bennett Chenene and Mame Niang.
“The players who play upfront are all strikers and when you look at the range of where our goals are coming from, they're not only coming from Mame Niang, they're coming from all over the place.”
The Pretoria side booked their spot in the last eight of the Knockout tournament courtesy of a 2-1 win over Ajax, while the Birds eased past the University of Pretoria, setting up Saturday's clash.
Telkom Knockout quarter-final fixtures
Saturday: SuperSport United v Moroka Swallows (Lucas Moripe Stadium), Platinum Stars v Mamelodi Sundowns (Moruleng Stadium).
Sunday: Free State Stars v Kaizer Chiefs (Charles Mopeli Stadium).
Wednesday: Orlando Pirates v Golden Arrows (Orlando Stadium). – Sapa