JOHANNESBURG – Jeremy Brockie already knew what the first question would be after Mamelodi Sundowns’ 1-1 draw with Free State Stars at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday, and he came already armed with an answer.
“It was a frustrating night,” Brockie said. “The goalkeeper made a couple of good saves.
“The first chance I had, I absolutely fluffed it. It was disappointing and frustrating. But I have the support from all the boys and the coaching stuff. I am sure the first goal isn’t too far away.”
The New Zealand forward has gone 14 matches without finding the back of the net in the league.
He last scored against Platinum Stars in September last year which has created pressure after his move to the Brazilians.
He struggled to find the back of the net for SuperSport United because his heart wasn’t there after handing in a transfer request following a formal bid for his services from Sundowns.
That transfer saga dragged for six months and had an impact on his performance. He has started slowly in his new home on the other side of Tshwane.
But in Sundowns’ last two games, he has showed signs that the understanding is there, which could lead to him finally opening his account.
“I’ve had droughts before, every striker goes through difficult periods in terms of hitting the back of the net,” Brockie said. “You just have to stay calm and composed. You can’t let it get to you because if you do, there is no chance that that goal will come.
“I will just keep getting in the right areas, keep trying to hit the target. The supply that I am getting is very good, and it won’t be long before I score my first goal.”
Brockie has a perfect opportunity to end his goal drought, against his former team at his former home – the Lucas Moripe Stadium – on Saturday in the Tshwane Derby.