Absa Premiership

Tinkler wanted more goals against tired Sundowns

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

Cape Town - Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler believes his side should have scored more goals against Mamelodi Sundowns.

The recently crowned CAF Champions League winners only returned to South Africa from Egypt last week Wednesday and had to play Polokwane City the next day in a Telkom Knockout clash - the Brazilians won 2-0.

According to KickOff, Tinkler was hoping his side could use the Sundowns' fatigue much more to their advantage despite defeating the Chloorkop side.

Lebogang Manyama was once again on the score sheet with a brace after cancelling out Thabo Nethe's equaliser with eight minutes remaining to ensure City win 2-1 in Pretoria.

"I felt we had two very good chances in the first half and we should have come in a little more comfortable. After we missed that second opportunity they started to come at us a lot more and we started to panic a little bit and open up a little bit through the midfield which we had to try and rectify at half-time.

"Again, second-half we didn't start very well. They started to come; set piece, loss of concentration, we had a man down injured at that stage and the players start to lose their focus and you concede the goal."

"It goes back to those chances that you create - you need to finish against a quality team like Sundowns. You know the longer the game goes on the more fatigue you are going to be feeling and your counter attacks have to be methodical," he said.

"Credit to the boys, this is not an easy place to come to but I believed we could come and collect the three points here and we have done that."

City welcome Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday to Cape Town Stadium for another Absa Premiership clash.

Phunya Sele Sele will be hoping to get revenge after Tinkler's charges handed the Free State side a defeat in the Telkom Knockout.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

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