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New Black Leopards coach Abel Makhubele says there is much work that needs to be done to get out of the bottom half of the PSL when the season resumes in February

Makhubele took charge of Leopards in midweek after the removal of Ian Palmer as coach and got a vital away point against Bloemfontein Celtic.

But there are departments of the Leopards game which did not please him, including organisation at the back and showing more urgency up front.

''I was happy with the team's overall performance and the result, especially away, but we need to improve in the strike force," Makhubele said.

"We played well and we were composed for the entire game against Celtic but lacked finishing.

"We are a bit slow in the striking department and we need aggression to be able to impose ourselves against the opponents.

"There is also room for improvement in organising the defence, which has been a challenge, but finishing has been our main downfall in games which we should have won."

Leopards went into the mid-season break in 12th position.

Makhubele believed his team's ability to create chances in both halves against the Free State outfit, and the fighting spirit they displayed, proved they were on the right track.

''We are going to rectify our challenges and return a better team from the break," he said.

"We are bound to consolidate our standing in the Premiership in the second round, starting in February.

"We have a big squad to choose from. Some players have not had a chance to prove themselves and to show what they are capable of doing."