Clinton Larsen feels Golden Arrows let Orlando Pirates off the hook in stalemate


Arrows put out a strong showing at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday evening as they thwarted The Buccaneers in a goalless stalemate in their Absa Premiership meeting.

Looking at the result, a point on the road is a creditable return against the Soweto giants; however, Larsen felt his side were worthy of taking home all the spoils.

“I feel it’s two points dropped. Pirates weren’t at their best, they turned over a lot of possession – very unlike them – and we didn’t take advantage of that,” said Larsen after the game.

“The breaks and counters we had, if we had that quality of the final ball and released the right player making the run, we could have had loads of chances here tonight.

“It’s not often we could have a Pirates team with their backs to the wall like we had them tonight, where they were finding it very difficult to create any clear scoring opportunities.

“I’m very disappointed that we didn’t cause more problems for them in terms of box entries and shots on target, which I think is what was lacking in the game.”

Abafana Bes’thende have not found their rhythm as yet this season – losing three, drawing four and winning only one of their eight league games thus far, but the Wentworth-born tactician is not panicking given the close proximity of teams inside the top eight.

“I don’t think [the situation] is dire at all. If you look at it, half the teams in the league are sitting on five, six, seven or eight points, and we’re one of those,” he defended.

“We can go from 16th position to maybe as high as eighth. So, we’re part of eight teams that haven’t really been turning our draws into victories.

“Tonight [against Pirates], was one of those chances – had [Sibusiso] Sibeko’s header gone in we would have bagged the three points, but it wasn’t to be.

“It’s also happened in previous games – against Chippa United we dominated and created bucket loads of chances but didn’t take them, and it happened against Highlands Park.

“If we weren’t creating chances as a team I would be very worried, but we are. So, for me, it’s just a matter of time before we stick those chances away.

“I’m happy with the progress the team is making. It’s a marathon, we all know it’s not a sprint. I think at the end of the marathon we’ll be okay, we’ll finish the race.”