Tinkler Disappointed With Sundowns' Equaliser
Eric Tinkler Disappointed With Sundowns' Equaliser
SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler was disappointed with the way his charges conceded the equaliser against Mamelodi Sundowns.
Matsatsantsa weathered the storm for most of the match after opening the scoring in the tenth minute through Thabo Mnyamane but conceded with 12 minutes remaining to Percy Tau’s strike.
“We knew we had to soak up a lot of pressure. We knew they were going to come with a lot of speed. A lot of teams these days think we lack pace in defence,” Tinkler told SuperSport after the match.
“In the first half they tried to play behind us which we prepared ourselves for and we were looking to play on transitions and we had great opportunities in the first half. I thought we could have extended the lead to make it 2-0 and it could have been a little bit easier.
“In the second half, we were wasteful in possession. The communication was not good, we tried to rectify that at halftime. The longer the game went on the more they started to dominate. The deeper we got the more we had to soak up the pressure which was problematic. The way we conceded the equaliser disappointed me. The boys worked so hard in defence and on a set-piece to be beaten like that. We spoke about their ability on set-pieces to invent something and that’s how we got caught.”
The former Cape Town City coach also joined into a chorus of complaints about referees in the Absa Premiership.
“Pitso is complaining, it’s not that he [the referee] is one sided. We’re both complaining. It’s about time us as coaches, we can’t keep our mouths shut. The standard [of refereeing] is not good enough. It’s destroying the game. It’s making it a bit of a mockery. It’s not that I’m saying they are biased. It’s bad decisions and it affects the game. It kills the momentum of the game.”