Absa Premiership

'Maritzburg dominated Chiefs', says Tinkler

Eric Tinkler (Gallo Images)
Eric Tinkler (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler believes his team deserved more than a point after drawing 1-1 with Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday.

The Team of Choice were pegged back early in the game as Lebogang Manyama scored the opener, but Judas Moseamedi levelled matters shortly thereafter and the scoreline remained locked at 1-1 until the final whistle.

Tinkler reckons his charges were in control for most of the Absa Premiership clash and could've easily come away with a win but he is happy with a point, nonetheless.

"I said the first 20 minutes is very important and I thought we were a bit cagey to be brutally honest in that first 20 minutes. We were looking to play long balls and not looking to build from the back. We were just hitting it straight to our two strikers," Tinkler told SuperSport TV.

"The pressure started mounting on us, through individual mistakes, unfortunately, we lose the ball, they play it behind, we get caught and they score but the boys responded very well.

"After that, we started to play, we started to recognise that there are spaces, as much as they were playing (Siyabonga) Ngezana and Yagan Sasman wide, there were still spaces for us to exploit on the wide areas, we needed to combine there.

"I thought the 15-20 minutes of the first half we dominated, I think the whole second-half [we dominated], yes they caught us once or twice on the counter but I thought the whole second-half really we put them under pressure and I think we deserved a little bit more than what we got but yeah we'll take a point."

Maritzburg are back in action in the new year on Friday, January 3 at the Harry Gwala Stadium against Golden Arrows.

- TeamTalk Media