Cape Town City will go into their mouthwatering derby clash with Ajax Cape Town on a high.
The new boys have bounced back from two defeats last week with two fighting draws against Wits and Orlando Pirates in their last two games.
And Eric Tinkler’s manne looked good for all three points against Bucs on Tuesday night.
They harried Muhsin Ertugral’s manne in a stalemate in which Tinkler got the better of his former players in a way former Black Aces boss Muhsin could not grasp.
One problem Tinkler will be desperate to sort out is his attack, with his players failing to find the back of the net in their last four games.
Tinkler has found a way for his team not to lose, but they still need to learn how to win games.
And winning is the name of game – just ask Ajax, who haven’t had the sweet taste of victory.
The Urban Warriors will have to regroup and take their disappointing 1-1 draw with Polokwane on Tuesday night on the chin.
Roger de Sa’s manne threw away the three points at Cape Town Stadium after taking control after just four minutes thanks to Nathan Paulse.
Missed chances and Polokwane goalkeeper George Chigova kept the visitors in the game.
And once defender Roscoe Pietersen got his second yellow, giving away the penalty Polokwane equalised from, the writing was on the wall.
But even after going down to 10 men and seeing influential winger Thabo Mosadi go off with a hamstring injury, Ajax still threatened to win the game.
Attacking midfielder Bantu Mzwakali was a shining light for De Sa, and if he can add a cool finish to his game, he’ll be one to watch in the league.
One interesting factor in Friday’s game will be the tempo and openness of the encounter.
Ajax love an open game and City have shown that they can mix it up and have shown that they can hold out under siege.
The Urban Warriors do look a little rocky at the back with the new partnership of Pietersen and Rivaldo Coetzee.
And with Pietersen’s sending off meaning he will miss the derby, De Sa has some reshuffling to do.