Black Leopards coach Joel Masutha expects Limpopo derby response against Baroka

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The two Limpopo sides are struggling at the lower end of the table, having both failed to win against Gauteng duo SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates in their previous respective PSL outings.

Leopards were thumped 4-0 by SuperSport last time out, with Masuthu expecting a response from his charges at Thohoyandou Stadium (19h30).

"The thing is games are not the same," Masutha tells snl24.com/kickoff.

"Even the teams are not the same, SuperSport and Baroka don't play the same football. So obviously the derby is going to be difficult for both sides, and we all haven't been getting good results you see. We know Baroka will be strong and I'm sure even my players this time they will do everything for us to get a victory.

"Derbies are difficult just to predict but I'm confident in my players. I could see that the SuperSport defeat hurt us a lot so obviously we want to bounce back. There is no better way or better team to bounce back against than your neighbours.We know each other, our players some of them they even stay together.

"I will never go to a match looking for a draw, every match we can lose but I play for a win mina. It might happen that I get a draw but I will never go there with an intention of getting a draw."

Asked what his side will need to do this time around following their humiliating defeat by Matsatsantsa, Masutha says: "We need to tighten up at the back and not make the same mistakes we did. If you look at all our games, teams are not even combining. Our problems are our mistakes which end up giving our opponents the scoring opportunities. I believe we have worked on them although we are still working. If we don't concede, chances are that we will win."