Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
2 minute read
18 Apr 2016
10:10 am

Tinkler happy with win, but rues missed chances

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler feels his players would have done more damage to Golden Arrows had they taken their chances on Saturday.

Tendai Ndoro of Orlando Pirates celebrates goal with Eric Tinkler, coach of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2015/16 match between Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates at Moses Mabhida Stadium. (Muzi Ntombela/Backpagepix)

Orlando Pirates striker Tendai Ndoro continued with his impressive form for the Buccaneers as his two goals inspired a 10-man Pirates to a 4-1 win over Golden Arrows at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday. Luvuyo Memela and Issa Sarr rounded off the scoring.

Coach Eric Tinkler was satisfied with the result, with his side earning their 11th win in the league this season.

However, the Pirates mentor felt his players would have done more damage to Arrows had they taken their chances.

“I thought in the first half we were a bit casual. We scored three goals, but I think we could have scored a lot more to be honest. We had a number of opportunities to get behind them, but we didn’t. Defensively, I felt we gave them way too much space,” said Tinkler.

Pirates finished the game with a man down following Lehlohonolo Masalela’s red card in the second half after receiving his second yellow card.

Tinkler says he doesn’t understand why the midfielder was given his marching orders, or Edwin Gyimah’s yellow card, which means he is suspended for the club’s next league game.

“Its really difficult for me to comment on the second half. I know why Masalesa got the first yellow card, but the second one I don’t know why. We went down to 10 men, which was always going to be difficult,” he added.

“I don’t understand the decision from the referee to give Edwin Gyimah a yellow card, because he beckons him on to the field and next thing he gives him a yellow.That one needs to be explained to me, because now we lose him for the next match. That’s disappointing.”

Pirates have now collected 38 points in the league and are in sixth place in the table, just three points away from their big goal, which is to finish the season in the top-four.

Pirates next face Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.