Absa Premiership

Tinkler: Our tactical strategy worked

2015-11-02 10:00
Thamsanqa Gabuza (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler highlighted his side's tactical approach as the deciding factor in their 3-1 victory over Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto Derby.

Tinkler felt that his team's strategy worked wonders, limiting the attacking threat of Chiefs and putting them under pressure.

He also highlighted the fact that all of his players produced a good performance on the day, something he insists does not surprise him.

"I think in terms of our tactical strategy today, it really worked fantastically well," Tinkler was quoted as saying by KickOff.

"I'm very proud of the boys because the way we started, it was with the right energy and we put them under a lot of pressure, we didn't give them a lot of time and space, which is what they are good at [exploiting].

"[Chiefs] are also very good at the counter-attack, but I think our recovery was exceptionally good."

He added: "Throughout, there's not a single player that I can point at that didn't put in a solid performance today.

"For me, this has been expected because I know what they can produce, and they've done that today so I'm very, very proud of them.

"It's fantastic to get a 3-1 win against Chiefs, but the truth of the matter is that we now need to turn our focus towards the next game [against Ajax Cape Town] in three days' time."

The first-half ended in a stalemate after Eric Mathoho cancelled out Issa Sarr's 25th-minute opener.

However, Pirates reclaimed the lead after the half-time interval with goals from Ayanda Gcaba and Thamsanqa Gabuza.

The two-goal advantage was too much for Amakhosi and were unable to reduce the deficit.

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