Absa Premiership

Tinkler: Maritzburg a bit lucky to beat Chiefs

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

Cape Town - Maritzburg United head coach Eric Tinkler admits his charges were rather fortunate to claim a 2-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

Chiefs were the favourites to grab another three points at home and seemed to hit their stride early in the game as they created a number of opportunities, but none of them found the mark.

United made some tactical changes and they worked out well for the travelers as they took a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Dylon Claasen just after the hour mark.

Samir Nurkovic pulled one back for Chiefs in the 78th minute but Tinkler's men held on for a valuable three points.

"I thought our first half performance was not great at all to be brutally honest and I'll take full responsiblity for that because as I mentioned I made some tactical changes and I was trying to be a little bit too clever and obviously it didn't work for us in that first-half," Tinkler said on SuperSport TV after the match.

"Even in the first half I had to make a change, I had to put Siyanda [Xulu] to play with the back three but ultimately we were way too defensive, we were looking to soak up a lot of pressure and we were really poor in that first-half.

"So, unfortunately I had to sacrifice Siyanda, as I said, not a fault of his rather by mine, go back to our normal structure, bring Pogiso [Sanoka] out and far better performance in the second-half.

"I think you know we started to look a lot more organised, we looked a lot beter going forward, we started to create chances and we got the goals but we had to hang on to be honest. They're [Chiefs] always going to be a threat from set-pieces, that's been their biggest strength this season, the amount of goals they scored from that, they got one.

"Then we had to hold on to be brutally honest, ja we'll take the three points and run, it wasn't a great first half, better second-half but maybe we can count ourselves a little bit lucky today."

- TEAMTalk Media