Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
2 minute read
15 May 2016
2:35 pm

Tinkler happy with Buccaneers start

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Orlando Pirates Coach Eric Tinkler says a good start against Free State Stars on Saturday was the reason they managed to book a spot in Nedbank Cup final.

Eric Tinkler, coach of Cape Town City. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Pirates had not won a single match since their 2-0 victory over Mamelodi Sundowns in the semi-final of the very same competition last month. However, the Pirates mentor managed to put a smile on Pirates’  fans’ faces after his team’s 4-2 victory over Free State Stars at Goble Park last Saturday.

Pirates’ goals came courtesy of an own goal from Lucky Mohomi, Luvuyo Memela’s brace and a Thamsanqa Gabuza strike, while Ayanda Nkosi and Mohomi’s goals were not enough to stop the Buccaneers from booking a spot in the Ke Yona final.

“I thought we started well tonight, we were very good in the first half, we got three corners in a row, we really looked good and deserved to be a in a 2-0 lead in the first half,” said Tinkler.

“Second half they changed their formation, they started playing 3-5-2 and that was actually what we planned for, but it was a bit of a chaos. The guys started to get lost, we started to panic and they started to create chances. They got a set-piece and they scored from it. But what we did remember is that there would be space for us to hurt them on a counter attack, fortunately that’s exactly what happened we got two goals on a counter with a lot of speed on our transition,” Tinkler explained.

“I am bit disappointed in terms of the players not being able to switch over from one formation to the other and understand what their responsibilties are and possibly we could have been punished.”

The result has brought the team closer to their objective, which is to win the tournament and  qualify to play in the Caf Confederation Cup.

The Buccaneers only have one step now to get their wish, and that is to beat SuperSport United in the final of the tournament, when the sides meet on the 28th of May at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.