Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
2 minute read
9 May 2016
9:30 am

Tinkler admits that Pirates lost focus

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler says one bad result has seen some of his players drop in confidence.

SuperSport presenter Phumlani Msibi chats to Eric Tinkler during the Absa Premiership match between Maritzburg United and Orlando Pirates at the Harry Gwala Stadium. (Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix)

The Buccaneers had appeared to have turned their poor start to the season around when they started winning games, but their good run of form ended when they drew 0-0 with Polokwane City, before losing 2-1 to Platinum Stars seven days ago.

“I am extremely disappointed with the results since the Polokwane City game after coming off a good result against Mamelodi Sundowns. The confidence seems to go after one bad result. That is a psychological matter I need to try and deal with, to make them understand they will make mistakes but it is about how they get up and fight on,” said Tinkler.

The Bucs mentor believes his charges were not on their best during the encounter, and he admitted Maritzburg played much better than they did.

“We knew they were going to come here motivated. They were better than us in large periods of the game. I told the players we needed to match them for effort, which I think we did. But it was when we had the ball that we looked poor. Certain players didn’t look very comfortable, Issa Sarr struggled in possession and Thabo Rakhale also struggled,” he added.

“I don’t think we did enough. We knew it was going to be an extremely difficult game, we spoke about it during the week that we were coming up against a team that is at the bottom fighting for their lives. A team that in my opinion hasn’t played poorly in the last couple of months possibly deserved better results.”

The result saw Maritzburg level on 21 points with fellow relegation contenders University of Pretoria, while Bucs’ hopes of finishing third have been dashed. The Soweto giants are on 40 points in sixth place and they trail third-placed Dikwena by seven points with two league games remaining.