Absa Premiership

Tinkler hails 'fighting spirit'

2015-04-09 12:25
Eric Tinkler (Supplied)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler admits he was delighted with the way his side responded against Platinum Stars following Wednesday's pulsating 3-3 draw.

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The Buccaneers found themselves trailing on three occasions at the Orlando Stadium, with Mpho Makola, Oupa Manyisa and Issa Sarr all responding to Mogakolodi Ngele's hat-trick for Dikwena.

Pirates also had a chance to snatch a win in the dying moments but saw Lehlohonolo Majoro miss a decent chance, although Tinkler was still proud of the battling performance put in by his men.

"They came at us in the first half, and we didn't match them," says Tinkler.

"But the second half was an improvement."

Speaking of Ngele's threat, the coach added: "Again we allow Ngele that space to run at us and we don't close him down.

"We know he's a talented young boy and he got a great shot away to get his third, and then we had to fight and get ourselves back into the game again."

The boss was, however, thrilled with his side's response, saying: "We got that late equaliser from Issa [Sarr], and possibly could have stolen it right at the end with Majoro, but the fighting spirit is there and I think everyone can see that.

"We just need to be a little bit more disciplined."

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