Eighth or bust



May 21, 2016
Eighth or bust

POSITIVE: Bradley Grobler. CREDIT: Sourced

SuperSport and Pirates in battle for cup finish.

SuperSport United are desperate to beat Orlando Pirates to a Top 8 PSL finish.

That way they will set the tone for next week’s Nedbank Cup final showdown with the Sowetans.

SuperSport’s last two matches are against the Buccaneers in the league and the final.

The men from the capital city have to win both matches if they are to repair their image that got dented this season.

SuperSport striker Bradley Grobler has in some way personified Matsatsantsa’s season – struggling in the first half of the season and finally showing some form in recent time.

The former Ajax Cape Town man says: “The season started off really badly. It’s not a position that any one of us wanted to be in.

“When new coach [Stuart Baxter] came in at that time we realised that we need to have a league winning run to make the top eight. Since the new coach came in, I think the team has done really well. You can see from performances and how far the team has come.

“We have got ourselves into this position and we have got an opportunity to get us out, which is good. We are not playing for nothing. We can still turn the season around and make it a great season.”

Pirates are in position seven with 40 points. Eric Tinkler’s men are also not certain of a top eight finish as things could change on the last day of the season. Grobler believes Pirates are going to be difficult in the last two matches.

He adds: “We all know that Pirates on their day can beat anyone.

“We are also in a good position. The team has really come together nicely.

“It’s going to be an interesting game. We never underestimate Pirates. We know what quality they have got. We know it’s going to be tough. They have put together some really good results lately. There’s a lot of pressure for them to finish in the top eight. They are not safe either.

“SuperSport will always be a top eight team and we are under a lot of pressure to get the results.

“We are so focused on Saturday’s game and once we get that out of the way then we will start worrying about the final.”

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