Chilli Boys coach working to iron out ‘rustiness in front of goals’
Chippa United coach Clinton Larsen is looking at improving the Chilli Boys’ conversion rate ahead of their Absa Premiership fixture against Baroka FC on Sunday.
Larsen racked up his second consecutive win in the two games that he has been in charge of the Port Elizabeth side when they beat Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 in the Nedbank Cup last-32 fixture on Saturday.
Prior to the good run, the Chilli Boys had gone without a win in 10 league games.
They are second from the bottom of the log.
“The obvious one myself and the other 14 coaches in the league will complain about is not converting the number of chances we create,” Larsen said.
“But I am also patient in that regard because I understand where the team comes from. Having last won in October, it was a long time to win a football match.
“So there is going to be that bit of rustiness in front of goals, but we are working on that.
“We have scored four goals in two games now.
“I think it is a decent return for a team that struggled in that area previously,” Larsen said.
“So we will keep on working on that,” he said.
Ahead of their Nedbank fixture, Larsen said he had a talk with Mark Mayambela and informed him about the changes he was trying to implement.
The former Bloemfontein Celtic coach said he wanted his troops to be more ruthless when attacking possibilities presented themselves.
He said the Chilli Boys had some good moments against the Brazilians.
However, there were also times where they were not serious enough about really going at the opposition and scoring further goals to finish off the contest.
“I think there was a little bit of casualness around the box, or the need for a better awareness of where opponents and teammates are.
“Quicker ball circulation is needed,” Larsen said.
“Like I said, we will keep on working on these areas, but I think our conversion rate really needs to improve.
“Secondly, we should be taking our chances to really attack teams when we have won the ball as we do have the players,” he said...