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Tinkler: How we played didn't really matter

2016-01-14 08:34
Eric Tinkler (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler insisted the result was more important than the result after seeing his side record a 2-0 win against University of Pretoria on Wednesday.

The Bucaneers went into the break on level pegging following a closely contested opening 46 minutes.

However, they finally broke the deadlock in the first minutes of the second stanza through Thabo Matlaba before putting the result to bed in the closing stages, Sifiso Myeni netting the all-important goal.

The result marked the club's fourth win of the campaign, a result Tinkler admitted was 'very important'.

"Today more important than the way we played was collecting the three points," Tinkler said in his post-match interview.

"We created a chance in the first minute of the first-half which we didn't put away and then we created a chance in the first minute of the second which we did.

"This was very important for us. How we played didn't really matter, the three points were more important than anything.

"We got the lead, we started to look a bit nervous and gave the ball away cheaply but then obviously once we got the second we settled down.

"Like I said earlier, the result was more important than anything."

Tinkler is optimistic that this win will help his side turn their form around despite a hectic few weeks of fixtures coming up.

"The morale and spirit is going to be a little bit better but you're only as good as your last game, that's the harsh reality," he said.

"We've basically got three days to get ourselves ready for what's going to be another tough match against another team that's fighting for survival [Maritzburg United] so we've got to be at our best again in three days' time."

Next up for Pirates is a clash with Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday night.

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