Free State Stars head coach Serame Letsoaka admits he is thrilled with the recent improvements he’s seen from his squad following an impressive victory over Golden Arrows.
Ea Lla Koto picked up a crucial three points away at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday thanks to a fine strike from vice-captain Danny Venter.
Now, Letsoaka is hoping to build on the result and create some momentum to propel the Bethlehem-based side into the upper echelons of the Premiership table.
Stars fourth win of the campaign put them four points above the drop zone, into 13th place, and they can turn their attention onto a spot in the top eight as they are only two points behind Chippa United in eighth.
“I am glad that we are looking solid at the back and we have kept two clean sheet in the last two matches, which is the positive sign,” he said.
“My boys have been in that relegation zone before and we are striving to move away from there, we are taking it one game at a time.
“We are slightly getting our momentum if one looks at the three matches played, it’s been a win, a draw and a loss,” he added.
“Against Chiefs at did not work out ok, Supersport a game of missed chances and Arrows a scrappy match but we can’t complain we got the three points.
The former Bloemfontein Celtic boss believes their turn-around in fortunes is due to the fact that the players are starting to get used to his methods.
“I think the players are starting to understand me now, I know the culture and the philosophy of the team, as I was part of the side that achieved promotion into the South African top-flight,” he added.
“It was easy for me coming here because I know the management, directors and the supporters and they know what is expected from me and that is to win matches for them.
“We have a very healthy and good relationship with the management, they are very supportive and very patient with me.”