Register Login Scores

PSL

Tinkler Blasts Pirates Team For Poor Decision Making

Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler has blasted his team for poor decision making in the final third following their 0-0 draw against Polokwane City in an Absa Premiership match on Tuesday night.

Tinkler was visibly upset with his side’s inability to find the back of the net and was not shy to say so.

“I think both teams performed quite well,” said Tinkler after the game.

“There was a lot of possession on both sides and I don’t think we used that possession positively enough.

“We didn’t have enough penetration as we have had in our previous game.

“We didn’t have enough people looking to get beyond Kermit (Erasmus). We found Kermit too often being the highest player up field that we had.

“We tried to rectify that at half time by telling Oupa (Manyisa) and Roger Majafa to look to get a little bit higher and try to do similar to what we have done in our previous games.

“We created one or two chances, but again our decision making in the final third let us down.

“Right toward the end it could have gone either way as both teams looked to try and secure the win.”

Pirates suffered a set-back on the hour mark when Oupa Manyisa left the field injured, but Tinkler did not feel it had a massive impact on the game.

“We were disappointed to have lost Oupa, but I thought Menzi (Masuku) came on and he was a little bit more offensive – he looks to play behind the striker and we became a little bit more of a threat,” added Tinkler.

“I thought towards the end of the second half they (Polokwane) started to open up a lot more and we were starting to find more space out wide, but again our decision making let us down.”

Looking ahead to his side’s CAF Confederation Cup semifinal, first leg against Al Ahly on Saturday, Tinkler praised his defensive department for keeping a clean sheet and said that will give them confidence ahead of the tie.

“The area of concern (heading into the Al Ahly game) has been defensively and I am glad we kept a clean sheet tonight and I think that is a positive that we can take away from this game,” said Tinkler.

“It is a good morale booster for the goalkeeper and for the back four as well.

“In our offensive play we have kind of gone off the boil and there has been a knock in our confidence after the game against Zamalek (which we lost 4-1), but what is important now is just trying to motivate the boys to make them understand that it is a massive game on the weekend.

“It is a once in a life-time opportunity, we don’t get these opportunities every year and we need to make the most of it.

“The only way we can do that is if we go out there and play with the enjoyment we have shown in the past.”

Polokwane Defence Frustrates Pirates

In This Week's Edition Of Soccer Laduma

Starting XI: City V Pirates

116 comments

Top 5

Chiefs 10 Youngest Goalscorers Revealed!

16 Aug 11, 2022 10:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Official: 2022 Ballon d'Or Nominees Announced

7 Aug 12, 2022 08:38 PM in Ballon d’Or

Why Pirates Captain Was Substituted...

21 Aug 11, 2022 10:15 AM in Orlando Pirates

Richest EPL Owners Amid Man Utd Takeover Talk

2 Aug 11, 2022 07:26 PM in English Premier League

Rulani: Vila Contributed To Downs’ Downfall

88 Aug 11, 2022 07:35 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

'I Want To Buy Man Utd'

5 Aug 10, 2022 03:29 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Official: Motsepe Launches CAF African Super League

14 Aug 10, 2022 02:30 PM in African Football

Chiefs 10 Youngest Goalscorers Revealed!

16 Aug 11, 2022 10:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

10 Players Who Still Haven't Found New Clubs

2 Aug 10, 2022 12:26 PM in World News

Inside Amakhosi's Preparations For Crunch Downs Encounter

123 Aug 11, 2022 06:59 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Why Chiefs Target Fits Amakhosi's Immediate Criteria…

31 Aug 10, 2022 08:56 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Official: Motsepe Launches CAF African Super League

14 Aug 10, 2022 02:30 PM in African Football

Downs & CT City CAF CL Opponents Revealed

39 Aug 09, 2022 05:24 PM in CAF Champions League

Ten Hag Explains Benni Appointment

10 Aug 01, 2022 10:20 AM in English Premier League

Reunion On The Cards For Top Keeper?

1 Aug 10, 2022 05:09 PM in Siyagobhoza