Cape Town - Orlando Pirates caretaker coach Eric Tinkler was
not making any excuses after his side lost 2-0 to Kaizer Chiefs in Saturday's
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While Chiefs only made sure of the win with a 92nd-minute
goal from Siphelele Mthembu, Tinkler admits that his team were never really in
"I thought we stared off very nervy, have the ball way
very cheaply," he said after the match.
"We settled a little bit, but not enough. We played in
patches, there were patches when we looked ourselves, played well, created
The Pirates stand-in coach also had to watch on as his side
was tactically out manoeuvred by Stuart Baxter's AmaKhosi side.
"We were very separated - the Chiefs back four were
playing very deep in the first half and that created problems for us.
"There were massive spaces in between our midfield and
our strikers - we couldn't link our play and were losing the ball very cheaply.
"Half time I spoke about the importance of being more
compact, we always looked more dangerous when we did that.
There was also too much space between our defence and our
midfield and that's ultimately where they were creating chances with the likes
of [Siphiwe] Tshabalala and Bernard Parker running into those areas and spaces
and it cost us.
"But truth be told over the 90 minutes, Chiefs created
a lot more that what we did.
They are a team that play with a lot of confidence, they are
on great form at the moment, congratulations to them," Tinkler concluded.