Steve Barker welcomes solid AmaTuks home run

AmaTuks have become a formidable challenge playing at home, and Barker tells Goal he is excited to welcome Free State Stars to Tuks fortress

University of Pretoria boss Steve Barker has hailed his team's home form as the best he's experienced since joining the club in 2008.

Tuks have claimed three Premiership wins and a draw from their six home fixtures so far this season, ensuring that the Tuks Stadium in Pretoria has become somewhat of a challenge for visiting PSL teams.

“Our home form has probably been the best it’s ever been since I’ve been at the club," Barker told Goal, ahead of their clash with Free State Stars on Wednesday.

"We’re looking forward to winning at home!"

AmaTuks continued their superb display in the capital city with a 2-0 victory over AmaZulu on Saturday, backing up wins over Bloemfontein Celtic and Golden Arrows earlier this season, and Barker wants a second successive win.

“It’s a crucial match. Any back-to-back wins in this league is massive… it doesn’t happen too regularly," he explained.

“We had back-to-back home wins against [Golden] Arrows and [Bloemfontein] Celtic, so we’ve done it before.

“We’re looking forward to the match. It’s good for us to have got the win, it’s lifted the mood in the camp."

Making life even more difficult for Stars, is the fact that they sacked coach Steve Komphela over the weekend, following a poor string of results which sent the highly-rated Komphela packing.

Barker has called on his student outfit to be at their best against their visitors, admitting that Tuks have yet to play their best football this season.

“Even for the wins at home, we’ve played well enough to win the game, but still not our best, which I believe this team is capable of," Barker said.

“It’s still a long road. One win is really good for the team, but we can’t get over excited. We need to follow it up with another win.

“Our focus is for this team to start playing at our full potential and once we do that, I believe the results will be forthcoming.”

Tuks are currently lying 14th in the Premiership, a point off the pace of Stars, who have claimed 12 points from their 11 fixtures.

Based on home form, however, Tuks are 8th overall, while on away form, Tuks are struggling and lie second-last with a single point on the road.

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