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We want to upset a few people - McVeigh 03/05/05
Moroka Swallows midfielder Mark McVeigh is confident that his side can put a dent in the Amakhosi's title hopes by taking all three points from the Soweto derby on Saturday afternoon.

McVeigh, who scored the winner against Celtic on Sunday, is looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere, in what will be the nation's, and Kaizer Chiefs', second Soweto derby in seven days.

"Although we are pretty much out of the title race, we can still have a bearing on who wins it and we want to upset a few people on the weekend!" said McVeigh.

"Its another Soweto derby and I am looking forward to the great atmosphere. I am sure there will a lot of Pirates fans at the match as well," said the well-travelled midfielder.

The player, who is known as 'Soweto', is not, however, guaranteed a starting place against Chiefs, but he is determined to impress during training this week so he can parade his skills at the FNB Stadium.

Although he has spent much time warming the bench recently, McVeigh has not allowed this to get him down and says that he is always ready to answer the call when coach Gavin Hunt needs him.

"Sure, its frustrating not playing, but I respect the coach's decision," says McVeigh. "It must be a bit of a headache for him - there are three of us that can play right midfield, so its difficult for Hunt to keep us all happy.

"All I can do is to keep working hard at training and to take by chance by playing well when I get the opportunity."

McVeigh admitted his disappointment at the way the Birds have dropped out of the title race in recent weeks, but was happy with the commitment shown by his team-mates against Phunya Sele Sele on the weekend.

"The last month has been very disappointing for us, having lost six points in the league and having been knocked out of the Absa Cup, which not only cost us our pride, but also the club a lot of money," he pointed out.

"As in previous season's we have faded badly at the end and we desperately need to rectify this.

"On saturday I think we did very well. There were a few late injuries before the game which meant that Hunt had to change the team line-up at quite a late stage, but the guys still did very well. At the end of the day it was a great result for us.

"Cecil Oerson was forced to move to the left wing, but he still played well and I think that we created quite a few chances down both flanks."

By Anthony McLennan

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