Tinkler slams Pirates defence

Tinkler slams Pirates defence

Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler has criticised his team’s defence following Bucs’ 2-0 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns in a league encounter at Loftus Stadium on Sunday.

Goals from Leonardo Castro and Khama Billiat were enough to give the Brazilians a morale boosting win over Tinkler’s men.

READ: Sundowns beat Pirates 2-0, end 2015 top of Premiership table

“Defensively we were probably the worst since I have been in charge. Defensively, they caught us every single time on the counter attack,” said Tinkler after the game.

“We struggled to contain them, particularly in the first half. They were outnumbering us in the midfield hence the fact that we made changes at half-time.

“We created the first chance, but we got punished on the counter attack when we should have scored and that’s really not good enough in my opinion. Second half was slightly better, because we started to contain them more. We matched them at the centre of the midfield.

“We didn’t allow them time on the ball, like we did in the first half. We created one or two, but still over-elaborating in the final third. But then again defensively, we let ourselves down and that’s the disappointing side of it.”

Tinkler added that he was disappointed with the result because they wanted to close the gap on Sundowns before the Christmas break.

“We obviously wanted to come here and get the three points and try to close the gap between us and them, but we haven’t done that. Now, we’ve obviously made the task more difficult for us. We’ve got to hold our heads up and blame ourselves. We can’t blame anyone else, but ourselves, including myself,” concluded Tinkler.

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