Njabulo Ngidi
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12 Aug 2015
4:58 pm

Tinkler – Abandonment cost us the game

Njabulo Ngidi

Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler believes that if their match against SuperSport United had not been abandoned on Tuesday night, they would have won.

Eric Tinkler, coach of Orlando Pirates (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

The tie was abandoned on the 63rd minute after the floodlights at the Peter Mokaba Stadium gave in. The match has to be continued on Wednesday at 12pm with Matsatsantsa leading 1-0 thanks to Michael Boxall’s goal. United did enough in the 27 minutes that were played to secure the victory and their first points of the 2015/16 Absa Premiership season.

“It was disappointing that we couldn’t finish the match last night,” Tinkler said.

“We were looking a lot stronger than them. If the game had finished we would have scored an equaliser and possible a winner. There was nothing we could do about it. We had to come back this morning, play the game at 12 o’clock. We threw everything at them. We created chances to at least get an equaliser. That didn’t happen.

“We have to move on. I don’t think that the performance was bad. They created two chances, one was from a corner that Boxall got into the end of and made a save. The other from the set-piece, where for whatever reason we decided to play the offside rule and got caught. That’s what let us down. What is important now is that we bounce back against Chippa. The performances haven’t been bad. People have been talking about us being inconsistent, I don’t think that’s true.”