AmaZulu FC coach Cavin Johnson believes luck has evaded his team in the opening three matches of the Absa Premiership season, but at the same time he urges his players to ‘pull up their socks’ as they bid to reverse their fortunes.

Usuthu lost their opening two games, before holding Orlando Pirates to a goalless draw in match three a week ago.

They will be hosted by Highlands Park on Tuesday and Johnson is hopeful of a better performance from his charges.

Avoiding defeat to the Buccaneers in Umlazi was a positive, but it still meant AmaZulu were one of six top-flight teams still searching for a first win in 2019/20.

Highlands Park are also among the six, with the other four being Chippa United, Maritzburg United, Stellenbosch FC and Black Leopards.

The draw in their last match, however, gives Johnson the belief that they do have something to build on.

He is also desperate to give their fans something to cheer about before a near one-month international and cup break.

Tuesday’s opponents the Lions of the North have an even stronger case of being unlucky this season.

The team from Tembisa suffered a last-ditch defeat to Kaizer Chiefs in their opening match, before earning away draws at both Maritzburg and Leopards.

Johnson believes Owen da Gama’s side are one of the most dangerous in the PSL. – Report by Thahir Asmal