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COACHES COMMENT: SHAUN BARTLETT

Arrows vs Orlando Pirates

11 May 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

After a very difficult season for Lamontville Golden Arrows and 14 years in the PSL, we bowed out after our last 2 games against Amazulu and Orlando Pirates.

We have always been in the forefront of developing young talent and giving those players the opportunity to prove themselves, and we will continue that philosophy going into the NFD.

In our game against Pirates we had a glimpse at the talent we have with the club at present with the introduction of Sibeko and Sibiya and over the months will introduce other players to the squad.

I would like to thank all of Abafana Bes'thendes supporters for you unfaulted support and encouragement in our campaigns in the PSL over the years, and would like to assure you all that Lamontville Golden Arrows is not done. Our job is still to grow local football and give you a team to be proud of.

We would all ask that your continued support carries over into the NFD and your encouragement comes with as we fight for our return to the PSL.


Golden Arrows vs SuperSport Utd

23 April 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

Gettingour second away win for the season against Platinum Stars gave us a bit of momentum going into our game against SuperSport United. And created a positive vibe in the camp that carried through to our game.

We knew it was going to be a physical challenge as our opponent play a very direct game, we were not wrong and had definitely prepared for the game we expected.

Defending as a team and then creating chances at the other end was how we intended to score and would be our biggest asset in order to get 3 points.

Again we had the better of the possession and this allowed us to create chances in the 1st half to score but couldn't convert any of our chances.

However, we were not disappointed going into the break with both teams scoreless.

In the second half, We had to increase our efforts to get that elusive goal and the strategy we had decided on allowed us to do exactly that. Playing with all our attacking players from the start meant we had enough to get that goal and we did through Ntuli in the 64th minute.

After all the pressure we put on SuperSport, we had the reward to show for it. I am only hoping that all the chances we never took will be saved for the remaining two games we have against Amazulu and Orlando Pirates.

We live on to fight another day and continue our quest for survival.


Platinum Stars vs Golden Arrows

21 April 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

As a team, we needed to take all the positives we had from our previous game against Celtic and build on them for our encounter against Platinum Stars.

We began the game slightly sluggish and were not on top of the opposition and their game until after the half-hour mark.

After Kuboni's penatly, we started passing the ball with a lot more confidence, however we still managed to concede a goal just before half time from a free kick in our box.

We needed to create our opportunities properly and we did when just before hlaf time, a cross from Zwane caused the keeper to slip, allowing Mbewe to pull another goal and take us into the break with a goals lead.

The way we came back in the second half was going to be key to our result and we needed to apply the right pressure and play to our gameplan discussed in order to make sure we maintaned our lead.

We played positive and constructive football and this set bester up for a cracking long-shot goal that could be a contender for goal of the season.

We were in the zone and our positive play caused Stars to make errors in their game, and once again an error by their keeper allowed Ntuli to take us up 4-1. That sealed the game for us.

Finally all our good play we have had resulted in some goals that we have been long over due.

This could be the result we have been searching for, the one to turn our season and continue our fight.


Golden Arrows vs Bloem Celtic

17 April 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

After gaining a valuable point in Cape Town against  Ajax last week, we knew that ultimately a win against Bloem Celtic would be of utmost importance in our campaign.

We started with all the attacking options we had in order to push for the win we wanted.

Going into half time at goalless we were positive that our game plan was successful , however Celtic scored against the run of play in the early minutes of the second half. This was because we allowed  them to pass their way through our defence and gave them too much space on the ball. We were dealt the ultimate punishment for this, and they went ahead.

Because of this our game planned had to change slightly, and getting the equaliser then became our priority. Moholo ensured we had an exciting finish on our hands when he scored in the 64th minute.

Our cause was then given a lifeline in the 75th minute when Celtic received a red card for a foul on Khuboni .

Applying more pressure during the last 15  minutes was always going to have setbacks and we gave them some counter attacking movements.

With almost the last kick of the game Mbewe could have won it for us but a clearance off the line denied us the victory.

We will have to win all our remaining games in order to survive now. We meet Platinum Stars on the weekend at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in the first of our last 4 games.


Lamontville Golden Arrows vs Ajax Cape Town

11 April 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

Losing the KZN  derby against Maritzburg Utd was not easy to accept but we had to pick ourselves up to take on Ajax in Cape Town.

We went into the game with some confidence primarily out of the positives we took from our game against Maritzburg Utd.

After dominating the first 20 minutes, we were rewarded with a penalty when Deon Hotto was bought down in the penalty area, Khuboni stepped up and with no pressure scored our first goal in 5 games.

We conceded the worst possible goal just before half time and this forced me to change my talk with the team half time completely.

In the second half we fought well and scored what I thought to be the winner 3 mins from full time through Festus Mbewe .This  was a great reward for the players hard work. However,  once again through a lapse in concentration and lack of experience we conceded the equaliser in the last minute.

A point away from home is always a positive even though we should have had all 3 points

Now looking forward to Celtic on Wednesday at King Zwelethini Stadium


Maritzburg Utd vs Lamontville GOlden Arrows

07 April 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

Our game against Maritzburg United proved another frustrating day for our team. We were too flat in the first half and once again, one mistake cost us .

In the second half we tried to play more in their half and this game plan created a couple of chances for us to score, but none that ended up in the back of the net.

The energy and intensity of the team throughout game was much better and we put Maritzburg under a lot of pressure.

We possibly should have had a penalty after Bongi Ntuli was fouled inside the box, but when you’re at the bottom all these decisions seem to go against you.

We have a tough game on Wednesday when we face Ajax away but we have to keep believing that all is not over.

Only when mathematically its not possible anymore, we will stop fighting for our survival. So until that day, we will continue fighting 


Golden Arrows vs Kaizer Chiefs

04 April 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

Playing away against the defending PSL champions Kaizer Chiefs was never going to be easy an easy task, but we were confident of snatching a point from the game.

We set out our plan and defended very well for most part of the game. Containing them for as long as possible was what we had planned on doing, however,  a lapse of concentration on a free kick cost us the opening goal.

We managed to get into their box but were always outnumbered and found it difficult to create clear cut chances.

From team managements point of view, there are definitely some positives to take into our game against Maritzburg Utd on Sunday at Harry Gwala Stadium.

I feel this could be the match that we have been looking for as a turning point in our season and our quest for survival.

Thanks for the continuous support from our fans.


Golden Arrows vs Bidvest Wits

30 March 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

After losing to Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup,  we needed to bounce back in the PSL against Bidvest Wits.

We had prepared well and were ready to take them on.  Because of this, we started the game well, and the positive play created a few scoring opportunities, however,  as our season has been,  we could not convert any of them.

Then, with a lapse of concentration in defence,  we conceded a goal before half time against the run of play.

In the second half we came out onto the field again with the fighting spirit and positive attitude as the first half. We managed to contain them for the majority of the game and showed that we do have the capabilities to pull through as a team. I do feel that after the full time whistle that all our possession did not reflect in the score line, but the commitment was still evident from the team.

With three away games coming up, we will have to get our act together and pick up points quickly to close the gap.

We continue our fight against relegation with our next game being against Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday night at FNB Stadium.

Keep the belief that this struggle is not over yet, and continue supporting the team!


Golden Arrows vs Mamelodi Sundowns

23 March 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

Taking a break from our League games, we entertained Mamelodi Sundowns in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup at King Zwelithini.

We started the game at a high tempo as we had decided to do before the game.
Getting the first goal through Philane Shange gave us the reward we deserved for our dominance in the first half.

But, once again, we allowed the opposition to come back into the game by not converting our chances and conceding a soft equaliser just before half time.

With the quality Sundowns possess, we allowed them too much time on the ball and did not apply the necessary pressure in our own  half.

In  my opinion, the scoreline at the end of the game does not truly reflect how well we played and how much we put them under pressure for the majority of the game.

However, it was definitely positive to see the players try their best but at the end of the day it was individual mistakes that cost us the game.

We are now looking forward to Wits next weekend at Umlazi in our  PSL encounter.


Moroka Swallows vs Golden Arrows

18 March 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

As disapponting as the result was against Aces, we needed to bounce back against Swallows at Dobsonville.

Travelling away to a team that was also struggling for results was never going to be easy especially seeing as Swallows are so dangerous when playing at home.

Saying that, having dominated the game and creating more than 10 clear scoring opportunities, we came away with nothing to show for our hard work. Where SWallows had one free kick and managed to get that goal. We showed a lot of character and had good spells throughout the game, showing some positive teamwork and play, which is encouraging to see.

With the same fighting spirit and belief we can continue our fight in our PSL campaign.

We have to entertain a very good Sundowns team in the Nedbank Cup this weekend and will be bringing the same positive attitude and mind set with us to the stadium.

This game can potentially turn our season around with a good performance and result. Which is our biggest aim.

See you at King Zwelithini this evening!


Golden Arrows vs Black Aces

13 March 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

Having had a short break after our last game, it was always going to be difficult to start the game at a high tempo.

We gave Aced a lot of space and gave them too much time on the ball. We didn't put them under enough pressure and only started playing in the second half.

After getting the equaliser, we created a few more opportunities, but again, could not convert them.

We have to realise that football is a 90 minute game and need to start our games off better in the future.

We have made it difficult for ourselves but have to continue working hard as we still have 10 games to play.

We have a tough task ahead with our away game against Swallows, but we need to bounce back as quickly as possible.

Lets continue the battle of climbing up and off the bottom of the log.


Golden Arrows vs AmaTuks

02 March 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

After starting the game at a great tempo and putting Tuks under pressure, we managed to score the 1st goal through
Bongi Ntuli.

But we then sat back and allowed Tuks back into the game through losing posession in our own half.

The 2nd started well by creating a few chances but once again lacking to convert those chances we paid the price of conceeding again.

Through a few moments of lapse of concentration, and individual errors cost us the game against Tuks.

With 11 games to go, we will have to pull together and continue having the self belief that we can overcome these obstacles and keep working on our weaknesses and strengths.

Looking forward to our next home game against Mpumalanga Black aces in 12 days time.


Golden Arrows vs Polokwane City

24 February 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

Another great team effort to ensure our spot in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup the past weekend.

More than anything the result will bring back the confidence in the squad and continue our great run of results at home.

Now we look forward to our next PSL encounter vs Tuks next weekend.As difficult as it may

be, with the support we have had the past 2 home games, I'm sure we can get another 3 points from that game.

See you all next week at King Zwelithini.


Free State Stars

16 February 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

Following a great result against Polokwane City last week, we looked to Free State Stars as another massive game in our quest to climb the table.

It was going to be a tough task playing away to Free State Stars and picking up points. We held them for the first 30 minutes of the half but a dubious foul on Zwane and a lapse in concentration on our part cost us a goal before half time.

The next goal was to determine the result ,and unfortunately they got it. We came back strong in the last 30 minutes but could not convert the chances we created. Bongi Ntuli pulled one back for us which made for an interesting finish to the game.

Taking the result into consideration, we have to continue working hard and picking up points where people least expect it.

Looking forward now to our Nedbank Cup game against Polokwane City at home on Saturday.

We call on all our supporters to please keep the support up for the team during this time.


Golden Arrows vs Polokwane City

09 Februeary 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

Following another defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday, we needed to bounce back against an in form Polokwane City.

We always knew it will be a difficult game but as a team we showed a lot of character and determination to get the win we wanted. Our organisation and attacking approach gave us a better chance of exploiting their weaknesses.

Getting our 1st win at home after 6 successive defeats will restore some confidence in the players and help with our goal of climbing the table.

The fans were unbelievable in their support and hopefully they will keep on lifting the players when we need them


ORLANDO PIRATES VS GOLDEN ARRROWS

22 December 2013 - Mark Harrison

In our second game in 3 days against the two Soweto giants we equipped ourselves well at the Orlando Stadium. It was never going to be easy but again our commitment and application was excellent, I felt our quality of play at times was a little lacking but maybe a few tired legs contributed to that.

Again we conceded two silly goals due to our own errors and made life difficult for ourselves in an already very difficult place. Saying that,  we pushed Pirates all the way and had a couple of chances to draw level and their third goal only came as we committed more players forward in the final few minutes looking for the equaliser.

I do believe that,  if we can maintain the standard we showed in our last two games against Chiefs and Pirates then our second half of the season will be a successful campaign. 


GOLDEN ARROWS VS KAIZER CHIEFS

19 December 2013 - Mark Harrison

The Teams performance against Chiefs was a massive improvement upon our last two games and the commitment and quality shown by all the players was there to be seen by everyone. We matched Chiefs in every department and I know we deserved a result out of the game.

In the final third we need to be a bit more clinical and a little more determined to finish off our chances, and if we can create these sort of chances against
Chiefs,  then we can surely do so against any other PSL opposition.

All in all our performance deserved a different result but unfortunately the referee had other ideas and gave Chiefs a life line with a very dodgy penalty decision which turned the game upside down and handed Chiefs a victory they did not deserve.

If we can bring this type of display to the table week in and week out,  then our season will turn around quickly.


GOLDEN ARROWS VS AMAZULU

16 December 2013 - Mark Harrison

A poor first half performance and conceding 3 goals was ultimately what cost us this Durban derby match against Amazulu.

When it comes to a derby game there is always a lot more at stake, and it took us 45 minutes to realise that, however we were already 3 goals down, and the hill we had left ourselves to climb was too big.

The second half was a much better performance all round and we created a number of chances to get ourselves back into the game but unfortunately we could not capitalise on any of them.

As a team we have to know it is all of our responsibility to defend goals and to score goals! It’s not just down to certain individuals but a collective responsibility to win games.


Golden Arrows vs Platinum Stars

02 December 2013 - Mark Harrison

The game against Platinum Stars was a game I know we should have won, our performance was below the standard we have now set for ourselves, it was disappointing as we had put ourselves in a good position to climb the table.

On the day when we were not at our best we came in at half time 1-0 up but with two lapses of concentration at the back we conceded two soft goal which gave us a hill to climb against one of the best teams in the league.

In the last 20 minutes of the game we started to show some of the form of our recent games but we were unable to find the goal we needed, it was too little too late.

In our next game away against Celtic on Wednesday,  we will need to show more character and resilience to make sure we pick up points there to get ourselves back on track


GOLDEN ARROWS VS MARITZZBURG UNITED

25 November 2013 - Mark Harrison

The Derby game against Maritzburg United was always going to be a tense affair but we coped well with the pressure and delivered an excellent performance. Throughout the 90 minutes we created numerous chances with our great passing game and should have scored more than the two goals we did score. When we lost possession we showed we could also defend.

I felt we held our shape well and pressed the opposition aggressively to win back possession as early as possible.
In general we well deserved our victory and 3 points, we now need to build on this and push ourselves up the table. 


SUPERSPORT UTD VS GOLDEN ARROWS

10 November 2013 - Mark Harrison

The game against Supersport United was a difficult away game. They are the team that I am sure will be challenging for the championship at the end of the season.

The first half was evenly fought and I felt we gave as good as we got and deserved to come out at half time 1-1. I was proud of the play and consistency carried across from the Swallows match by the players, and they looked confident on the pitch.

As the second half progressed I felt we tired a little probably due to the hard game we had played 3 days earlier and we started to concede territory and allowed Supersport too much space and time. This allowed them to pass the ball around too easily and we ended up conceding two goals. in saying that we continued to try and play our passing game and created numerous goal chances which, on another day we may have converted.

Non-the less 3 points from the two games of this size was a good return and gives us something to build on. The players performances over the past two matches have been especially encouraging and reassures me there are much better times ahead.


GOLDEN ARROWS VS MOROKA SWALLOWS

07 November 2013 - Mark Harrison

We thoroughly deserved our victory in the game against Moroka Swallows , who are a team challenging for the top and unbeaten in 5 games.

In the first 30 minutes we were excellent in all departments scoring twice and creating numerous other chances. 

In the second half we had to show the other side of our game and defend for periods which we did professionally. It was a well deserved victory in which the players showed exactly what they are capable of producing so we now need to try and display some consistency in our form going forward.


BLACK ACES VS GOLDEN ARROWS

27 Oct 2013 - Mark Harrison

Our PSL game against Black Aces was literally a game of two halves. We started very slowly with the possibility of a hangover from the Pirates game.

We didn't compete as well as we should have done and our passing game could have been much better. We conceded a goal ten minutes before half time which left us with an uphill battle in the second half.

We changed things round at half time and in the second half we showed much more determination and desire to win the game. We practically dominated the second half, passing the ball with much more urgency and quality and created four or five great chances to score. We at least deserved a draw if not a win but you have to take your chances when they come and stop conceding soft goals.


ORLANDO PIRATES VS GOLDEN ARROWS

24 Oct 2013 - Mark Harrison

The Telkom Cup game against Orlando Pirates was a game that we could never get a foothold in. Pirates dominated the game from start to last, they showed exactly why they are in the final of the champions league. This was probably the best performance I have seen from a South African team. Their passing,movement and tempo was first class.

After being 3-0 down at half time we at least steadied the ship in the second half and contained them better but the game was probably over by then.


TUKS VS GOLDEN ARROWS

23 Sept 2013 - Manqoba Mngqithi

In our last match against the University of Pretoria, we had a very sloppy start and we were punished in that moment. Immediately there after we improved our game and we started coming at them and we still could not convert our chances. Our second half was very impressive, we started pushing them backwards and we got a chance after another but still we just could not convert anything. In the last ten minutes of the match we were caught with a counter attack and that made our situation to be very tough.

Once again I still believe there is still too much room for improvement when you consider that our performances have not been below the desired levels, it's only a question of our strikers finding the target then all will change for the better.


GOLDEN ARROWS VS FREE STATE STARS

18 Sept 2013 - Manqoba Mngqithi

In our match against Free State stars I believe we were very unlucky considering the number of chances that we created, we put Free state stars under a lot of pressure but we couldn't convert even one chance from the amount of possession and the number of clear chances that we created. One must say that it is so unfortunate to have played six matches but none of our strikers had scored a goal. We just have to be patient with them because I'm still very optimistic that these boys are still going to turn the corner because it is not a question of them not performing but more a question of not taking their chances and being punished from such errors.


POLOKWANE CITY VS GOLDEN ARROWS

01 Sept 2013 - Manqoba Mngqithi

We've had a very bumpy start to the season and it is so disappointing to have only collected 4 points in six matches. Our second batch of matches started with a lot of promise when we managed a victory away in Polokwane in very hot conditions. Our players showed a lot of courage and determination in this match and it was no wonder that we came home with maximum points.


GOLDEN ARROWS VS MAMELODI SUNDOWNS

01 Sept 2013 - Manqoba Mngqithi

In our match against Sundowns, we started very well and we were just unfortunate not to score from our splendid first half where we created a lot of scoring opportunities from counter attacking situations. We were very unlucky but one should state that we also allowed a lot of shots in front of our defense which was a bit frustrating. Second half we wanted to have bit more creativity and we took out one of our defensive mid fielders to complement what we were getting from our wing play. Little did we know that in that plan we might encounter two forced substitutions from both our strikers and that crippled our plan to try and have two offensive midfielders since we all anticipated that Philani Shange might not finish the match after an explosive first half. Once again we conceded a very silly goal from Wome whom we had warned our players about his long range shots and the value of closing him down around the penalty area.

I was however left very optimistic by our team and I'm looking forward to a very exciting season ahead of us. Thanks once again to all our supporters for their support and I promise all and sundry that this is a season you will all be proud off.


GOLDEN ARROWS VS BIDVEST WITS

29 Aug 2013 - Manqoba Mngqithi

After a very long and frustrating lay off, one has also had very disappointing results. One would like to start with our match against Bidvest Wits. This is one match I would like to forget based on how we performed on the day more especially our first half.

We had more than four key players who were just not at their best on the match. We committed a lot of defensive errors and we were lucky not to get punished from those errors but we conceded from a very long and tame diagonal ball from Jayiya which was headed home by Ngalande.

Our second half was promising if it was not for the chances that we also missed and a few dubious decisions by the match officials. One must say that this was our worst performance this season but we also hope it was an eye opener to all our boys.


GOLDEN ARROWS VS AJAX CAPE TOWN

04 Aug 2013 - Manqoba Mngqithi

Firstly, it was so encouraging to play in such a packed stadium and one must really thank our supporters who came in numbers. One should also commend the good work that was done  by the club in all their drives to pack the stadium.

Coming into the match, I was disappointed  by not winning the match because i think our boys gave a very good account of themselves. It was so encouraging to see so many debutants putting such a good performance. There is still a lot of work that we still have to do in both our defensive and offensive play. The biggest highlight for me was to see an Arrows team that really played the kind of football which we are all accustomed to and we can only build from there.

The quest to bring back the glory days at Arrows has just begun let us just rally together in this revolution to see our beloved team claiming its rightful place in the Premiership.
" Aluta Continua"