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Parker calls for Chiefs' killer instinct

Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker believes the team has improved a lot in recent matches but admits inconsistency is what has let them down in the best of times.

Chiefs have noticeably rediscovered their rhythm since the arrival of Ernst Middendorp, giving supporters reason to be excited in the final months of the current campaign.

Still on the road to redemption amidst their ongoing trophy drought, Amakhosi have put out some impressive performances particularly against their title rivals since the start of the year. Barring the defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns, which was ultimately down to a costly mistake by goalkeeper Virgil Vries, they have beaten log leaders Bidvest Wits and recently drew with Orlando Pirates after a needless mistake from Hendrick Ekstein in the 80thminute.

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Parker admits they have let themselves down in certain moments but feels the senior guys can help solve this, while the only thing still lacking from their game is the killer-instinct in attack.

“We’ve been inconsistent and in most of our matches we often lose our grip on the game and make mistakes, and teams then find gaps to run right through us,” said Parker.

“With the experience of the senior guys – George [Maluleka], Willard [Katsande], myself, Leo [Castro] and Daniel [Cardoso] as well, we just need to lead the team, keep everyone together and manage these sorts of moments [in which mistakes happen].

“We can’t just run crazy for 90 minutes, but we need to manage the game and moments. We’re looking strong in all departments; our performances have been great and it’s just for us now to slit the throat when we have to.”

“We can’t just run crazy for 90 minutes, but we need to manage the game and moments. We’re looking strong in all departments; our performances have been great and it’s just for us now to slit the throat when we have to.”

Amakhosi next visit ABC Mostepe League outfit The Magic FC in their Nedbank Cup Round of 16 clash in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

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