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Platinum Stars look to end run of three successive defeats at AmaTuks

Platinum Stars head to Tshwane hoping to arrest a run of three successive defeats when they take on University of Pretoria on Tuesday night.

Dikwena started the season well with a comprehensive 3-1 home win over high-flying Moroka Swallows, but the fixture computer was not kind to Cavin Johnson’s men and since then they have had a horror run.

A 2-1 defeat in Bloemfontein against Celtic was followed by a 4-1 reversal in Cape Town against Ajax. They also lost 1-0 at home to Orlando Pirates in a game in which they played for 72 minutes with 10 following the early sending-off of Thabiso Semenya.

But Johnson says his side will turn the corner and with a slightly easier run of fixture now, he is hoping for more joy. Not that he is underestimating Tuesday’s opponents.

“For a new team coming into the Premier League, they have done exceptionally well and I must congratulate them,” Johnson told his club’s website. “For them to get those results, especially against top teams like Swallows and SuperSport is a great achievement and we will give them all the respect that they deserve.

“Steve Barker has been their coach for a long time now and they look to be a very organized team under him.

“But we are also ready to get back on the winning trail and we are going there to fight for the three points. The players will be up for it and I expect a good performance from them.”

AmaTuks are unbeaten so far this season having managed two wins and two draws so far. Both of those victories came on the road though at Lamontville Golden Arrows and Swallows, meaning they have yet to get three points in front of their own fans.

"Our previous match against Moroka Swallows was an especially satisfying result. Credit goes to the players, they showed character and I'm proud of them," Steve Barker told his club’s website.

"(On Tuesday) we play against another well-established PSL team in Platinum Stars. They are an ambitious club who would have wanted a better start to the season. They will be a difficult opponent desperate for much needed points."

Semenya will be missing through suspension for Stars, who otherwise have no injury concerns at this stage.