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Pirates coach Eric Tinkler was happy with the grit and determination shown by
his side as they ground out a 2-0 victory over Platinum Stars on Saturday.
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Tinkler admitted his charges were not at their best at the
Royal Bafokeng, although there were some positives to take away from the
Lehlohonolo Majoro and Lennox Bacela scored on either side
of the half-time break, while the Bucs ended the match with ten men following
Majoro's sending off 30 minutes from time.
"It was difficult the first 45 and I don't think the
weather helped much," Tinkler is quoted as saying by Soccer Laduma.
"It wasn't great spectacle of football and both teams
struggled in that heat.
"We couldn't keep the ball for long periods and that is
what I explained to my players that I wanted before the game.
"We wanted to see good ball retention, but we were
giving it away very, very cheaply.
"I played with three in the centre of midfield because
I thought it was important to match them, that is one of their strengths and I
felt that if we won the midfield battle we stood a good chance of winning the
game, but that didn't happen in the first half.
"We were very disjointed and (Thandani) Ntshumayelo and
Oupa Manyisa were playing way to high up next to (Lehlohonolo) Majoro, so in
our build up play we struggled to get out and we were forced to play the long
ball which is not really our strength.
"The second half we tried to repair that and I felt it
worked and it is just unfortunate we played 25 minutes with ten men, but again
I have to take my hat off to the boys, they showed great character again.
"It wasn't an easy game, there are some good points but
there is a lot of improvement that needs to be done.
"When we lost Majoro we had to reshuffle a little and
defend with ten, and we brought on Lennox (Bacela) because he has the ability
to hold up the ball and we managed to get that second goal which was the icing
on the cake."