Tinkler on Chiefs draw: They didn’t hurt us

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  • Post published:April 1, 2024

Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler says Kaizer Chiefs “did not hurt” them and they “did not punish” Amakhosi in their goalless draw on Saturday.

The Citizens extended their winless run in the league to five games following their goalless draw against Amakhosi at Athlone Stadium.

The stalemate sees City drop down to sixth place in the DStv Premiership standings with 32 points after 21 games, while Amakhosi dropped to seventh position with 30 points from 21 matches.

Tinkler says he expected more from his players but felt they put in a good shift to walk away with a points against their rivals.

“I wanted a better reaction from the team like I said to you before, I wanted better energy, desire, passion, and I think first half I saw that. You know, the mind shifts it was extremely important especially after the games we played where we didn’t get the desired results,” Tinkler told SuperSport TV after the game.

“So, I thought our first half performance was really, really good you know. I thought we put them on the back-foot. We had the better chances in that first half, only time they really looked to hurt us was on the counter-attack whenever we gave the ball poorly.

“Other than that, we dealt with them in the build-up, we dealt with them in open-play. So, they didn’t hurt us, it’s just in the final third. We didn’t punish them when we had the opportunities to do that.

“So, we spoke about that at halftime about fixing those areas, first 15 minutes in the second half we were in there. I think as the game progressed, we started to tire.

“They started to come into the game a lot more, again like I said counter-attack opportunities, balls in-behind and second half performance especially last 20 minutes, we needed to control the game better than we did and we didn’t.

“We gave the ball away too quickly, too early, too cheaply and then we got caught on the counter, that was always going to be the threat,” he concluded.

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