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Parker: Polokwane defeat a good thing

Kaizer Chiefs captain Bernard Parker says that the 1-0 defeat to Polokwane City at FNB Stadium on Saturday was a 'good thing' for the side.

The loss was Chiefs' first of the season, having won three of their opening four while drawing the other. It appears that the FIFA international break came at precisely the wrong time for Amakhosi, who had built up a head of steam before having to go 18 days without competitive action prior to the defeat to Rise and Shine.

Despite being on the wrong end of the result, the Glamour Boys remain top of the the Absa Premiership standings. Parker has been an instrumental figure in that rise to the summit of the log, with no Amakhosi player having made more touches (290) or passes (246) than Parker across their opening five games of the season.

And 'Die Hond' believes that the side need to take the positives from the defeat, which he believes will build character in the side.

“Looking at our last game, we played well but the result did not go our way. It’s a good thing that we know why we did not get the result we wanted. Now as we prepare for the game against AmaZulu, we know the dos and the don’ts, what works for us and what does not work for us,” Parker said on Chiefs’ official website.

“It’s a good thing we had that test and the defeat to Polokwane was a test of character. We have shown character in two of our games where we came back from behind and won those games."

The 33-year-old has not been in prolific goalscoring form this season, but has scored eight in eight against Usuthu and is looking forward to the tie.

“We will go into this match with same level of energy, aggression and spirit that we have gone into all our games. As well as knowing how important these three points are in keeping us at the top,” he added.