Absa Premiership

Tinkler: Take responsibility

2015-03-09 13:16
Eric Tinkler (Supplied)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler believes his players need to take more responsibility up front following Saturday's goalless Soweto Derby.

Read: Baxter defends goal-shy derby

Neither side were able to find a way through at the FNB Stadium this weekend as the bitter rivals eventually had to settle for a share of the spoils.

The Soweto giants were not without their chances, though, with only woeful finishing and indecision preventing the expectant crowd from enjoying goals in what is the biggest match on the South African footballing calendar.

Speaking in the aftermath of the Soccer City stalemate, the respective coaches were critical of their players' decision making, or rather lack thereof, when it came to the final third.

Pirates coach Tinkler said: "I felt our decision making was poor particularly in the first half. An example? Thabo Matlaba, where he found himself in two situations receiving the ball to shoot at goal but instead he had to look for another pass which was a bad decision for him. Sometimes it's about players; they need to take responsibility in those situations.

“You see them in training; players that take that responsibility of scoring, but when it comes to the match, the competitive league match, sometimes they tend to look to pass that responsibility on.”

Further adding to that view was Kaizer Chiefs coach, Stuart Baxter, who said: "I agree with what Eric is saying; part of the problem is that they don't take responsibility.

“I think that out of the statistics, you have an 80 percent higher chance to score if you finish on one touch.

“When playing against a hungry team you need to slow down and compose yourself.

“I think if we start doing that there's no reason why South African players in the future shouldn't be great scorers.”


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