Absa Premiership

Bucs to stick with 4-5-1 formula

2014-12-08 11:05
Eric Tinkler (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates interim coach Eric Tinkler revealed that they will continue playing with a 4-5-1 formation going forward despite calls from the Buccaneers’ supporters for a 4-4-2 formation which would feature Lehlohonolo Majoro and Kermit Erasmus up front.

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Pirates’ fans were left disappointed to see Majoro being substituted by Erasmus in a 2-0 defeat to their bitter rivals, Kaizer Chiefs, in an Absa Premiership encounter played at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

The former Burnley and Bafana Bafana midfielder hinted that the duo’s combination had been tested and failed in the past and it is unlikely to see them partnering up front.

Tinkler, 44, also stressed out that his charges create plenty of goal scoring opportunities while playing with three central midfielders.

“I know how all of them (Majoro and Erasmus) plays,” said Tinkler.

“I spend more time with them than I do with my own family.

“The problem with Kermit (Erasmus) and Majoro is that they are very similar in terms of their style of play.

“If you want to play with two strikers up front, one of them must be playing as an out and out striker and the other one being a second striker.

“We have tried playing them together before but it didn’t work for us.

“It really doesn’t work but we have dominated lots of games while playing with three central midfielders.

“We have created lots of goal scoring chances and managed to grab plenty of goals with three midfielders in the past seasons.”

Erasmus and Majoro have scored 12 goals between them in all competitions in the 2014/15 campaign. 

Pirates will face another tough assignment when they host Mamelodi Sundowns in their next league clash on Wednesday.


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