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Tinkler: It Wasn’t Great

Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler admits his side were not at their best against Platinum Stars on Saturday, but they showed good character to pick up the win.

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Goals at the end of each half from Lehlohonolo Majoro and Lennox Bacela saw the Buccaneers collect their second consecutive league win of 2015 after beating Platinum Stars 2-0.

“It was difficult the first 45 and I don’t think the weather helped much,” said Tinkler.

“It wasn’t great spectacle of football and both teams struggled in that heat.

“We couldn’t keep the ball for long periods and that is what I explained to my players that I wanted before the game.

“We wanted to see good ball retention, but we were giving it away very, very cheaply.

“I played with three in the centre of midfield because I thought it was important to match them, that is one of their strengths and I felt that if we won the midfield battle we stood a good chance of winning the game, but that didn’t happen in the first half.

“We were very disjointed and (Thandani) Ntshumayelo and Oupa Manyisa were playing way to high up next to (Lehlohonolo) Majoro, so in our build up play we struggled to get out and we were forced to play the long ball which is not really our strength.

“The second half we tried to repair that and I felt it worked and it is just unfortunate we played 25 minutes with ten men, but again I have to take my hat off to the boys, they showed great character again.

“It wasn’t an easy game, there are some good points but there is a lot of improvement that needs to be done.

“When we lost Majoro we had to reshuffle a little and defend with ten, and we brought on Lennox (Bacela) because he has the ability to hold up the ball and we managed to get that second goal which was the icing on the cake.”

Looking ahead Tinkler says his focus is only on the next game as they continue to build confidence in the team.

“My thinking now is Tornado FC and that is what it has always been, just look at the next obstacle, that’s the Nedbank Cup, get through that obstacle and then we start focussing on the next one,” added Tinkler.

“I’m not dreaming about anything big at the moment, right now it is just about winning game by game, accumulating the points, building the confidence, building the team spirit and we are doing that at the moment.”

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