LAMONTVILLE Golden Arrows coach Manqoba Mngqithi is one of the coaches who never panic, SINCE he often keeps his head high, even when the odds are stacked heavily against him and his team.
But to hear him admitting that time was running out for them surely tells that everything is not rosy in the Abafana Bes'thende's camp.
The MTN8 champions have lost two consecutive derbies in a space of three days. On Tuesday, they went 1-2 against rivals AmaZulu and on Saturday night suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the unpredictable Maritzburg United.
The match was played at Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.
"We seem to have lost our rhythm. I don't know what is happening. Everything we try is not happening," a worried Mngqithi said.
"The players are not up to scratch, though some of them are doing exceptionally well. Like today (Saturday), we tried but it's really not happening and time is running out for us. But we will make a comeback."
His counterpart at the Team of Choice, Ernst Middendorp, was all smiles. "We had to get better and collecting three points was good for us and we will take things from here. We have to collect as many points in our remaining games to be safe and I think we are getting there," Middendorp said.
United secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory in front of an enthusiastic crowd in the 58th minute, when Fadlu Davids, tapped in from a cutback on the bi-line.
He was set-up by impressive Kurt Lentjies whose outstanding display on the night earned him man of the match award.
The match had a fast and furious opening, with some quick end-to-end football providing good entertainment for a packed house. Both sides had a couple of chances in the opening minutes of the encounter, but were let down by their wayward shooting, especially Richard Henyekane of Arrows.
Nhlanhla Zothwane watched in disbelief when his goal-bound effort was cleared off the line by Elias Ngwepe in the 31st minute. The second half was much like the first, though both sides were more tactical.