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Da Costa: We'll take the game to them



Moroka Swallows defender Roger da Costa has been one of the stabilising factors in the Birds' rearguard of late.

All eyes will be on the bullish centre-back and his defensive partners to continue their form, as the Birds take on Orlando Pirates in the Original Soweto Derby at the Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.30pm).

Swallows have the edge going into this encounter, having already beaten Pirates 3-0 in their backyard in the first round of the campaign.

Both sides were also knocked out of the Nedbank Cup on Saturday which adds an extra edge to this match; but Da Costa says their visiting neighbours can expect be met by a more determined maroon and white flock at the Nest.

"I think our past results against Pirates are just that, it's all in the past, it's finished, it's done," he told morokaswallows.co.za.

"We're just looking forward now, I'm sure they're doing the same. They want to bounce back, they had an embarrassing loss [on Saturday],while it was a disappointing loss for us; so I think both teams are going out to get maximum points."

It has been a season to remember for the 26-year-old, who had to wait for his chance to break into the line-up.

After a string of bad results and injuries, Da Costa was thrown in alongside Rudi Isaacs at the season's halfway mark and the duo's first match together, produced a memorable 2-0 victory over Q3 winners Platinum Stars.

The duo's partnership has since seen the Birds go on a three-match run without a loss in the league, which the defender commends but admits that a win would go a long to ease the pressure on them.

"Nothing's ever perfect, at the moment draws are points and every point in the position that we are in is gold, so one point is better than none," he added.

"Sure we always go out for the three points; at the moment we've had two tough draws away, now we're at home I think it's a different situation.

"I think we need to take the game to Pirates and go out there looking for three points."




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