Tinkler: I knew we can beat Sundowns
Orlando Pirates interim coach, Eric Tinkler (far right), was impressed with his charges that went against all odds to come away with victory and settle the score with a 1-0 over Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday night.
The Buccaneers, who were without a win in three League matches going to Sundowns match, moved to 6th place on the log with 27 points from 16 matches, thanks to a first-half goal by winger Khethokwakhe Masuku.
“I am very impress by the boys but I knew we could beat Mamelodi Sundowns, said Tinkler after his side settled the score after they were beaten by the Brazilians 1-0 in the reverse fixture. “We have been creating chances and failing to score in our recent matches but I pleased that tonight we scored.
“We have been working hard in training and the hard work paid off tonight. First-half I think we were excellent and my players played according to instructions. There was a technical discipline for everybody and the work ethic was phenomenal.
Tinkler continue to talk after the match: “Second-half obviously Sundowns came out hungry wanting to come back to the game, but my boys kept going and I believe everyone from my team was brilliant and worked their hearts out.
Eric Tinkler left out wingers Daine Klate and Tlou Segolela in the match day squad, and started striker Kermit Erasmus on the bench. When asked about this the caretaker coach said the team has lots of quality players in their squad to play same players every day.
“We have a good squad and if we play one team always obviously other players will be unhappy. Look at our starting line-up is strong, and our bench is also strong let alone the players we leave out to watch from the stands.
“It’s a good headache for the coach when it comes to selecting and this works in favour of the club because players will always be up on their toes and not rest on their laurels. It keeps each and every players working hard,” concluded the 1996 African Cup of Nations winner as the South Africa midfielder.