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Santos need big win 08/12/04
Santos will be hoping to secure maximum points when they take on Manning Rangers in a Castle Premiership fixture at the Chatsworth Stadium on Wednesday night.

However, in order to succeed in their mission, they will have to shore up an extremely shaky defence.

Veterans such as Edries Burton, Kamaal Sait and John Mbidzo have often found themselves exposed by younger, speedy by opponents.

There also seems to be a bit of misunderstanding between the goalkeeper and the defence.

Ryan Wuest looks like he has made the No 1 jersey his own, but his performances this season has been so erratic, that it would come as no surprise that he be dropped as soon as Brendan Wardle recovers from injury.

Wardle has filled the huge shoes of former Bafana stopper Andre Arendse quite admirably and had it not been for a shoulder injury, he would most probably still be in the starting line-up.

"The boys are having a tough time on the pitch," said Wardle after testing his shoulder in a shooting session in training yesterday. "The best advice I can give them is to keep going."

"I had similar experiences when I started at the club. But I wanted to progress and did not allow the negative things to affect me too much."

Wardle is hoping to be back in action against Bloemfontein Celtic in a week's time.

"It's all in the mind now. I could feel the apprehension at training. I sometimes wanted to go for the ball, but baled out at the last moment."

"I suppose it's a normal reaction and I'll get over it. I hope to be okay for next week's match against Bloemfontein Celtic."

Hopefully, the People's Team can get over their off-the-field antics and get on with playing football, for the players, the staff and the fans.

Technical Director Roald Poulsen and assistant coach David Notoane must get their act together if they harbour any hopes of saving Santos from relegation.

The Cape side also need to have a stern talking to their strikers, who appear reluctant to score.

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