Absa Premiership

Tinkler wants payback

2015-03-06 09:55
Eric Tinkler (Supplied)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates caretaker coach Eric Tinkler admits he will have revenge in mind when his side face Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto Derby on Saturday.

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The tactician began his tenure in charge of the Buccaneers in December last year after taking over from Vladimir Vermezovic, but kicked off the gig with a 2-0 Premiership defeat against Amakhosi.

Tinkler will now have the chance to exact his revenge when the sides lock horns at the FNB Stadium this weekend, and the coach is expecting a very different outcome compared to last time.

"I have had more time to work with the team now," said Tinkler.

"Prior to the previous derby I only, basically, had two days to work with the team, and it was a difficult period as we had lost Senzo [Meyiwa] and had a coach (Vermezovic) departing.

"The motivation is there now and the players are doing exceptionally well for me, and showing professional attitudes and a high work rate. We have been grinding out results, which is something that I am very proud of.

"I am going into this game with a very positive mind-set and I am pretty sure that the performance that we will put in will be much better than the one we put in the last derby."

He continued: "My first game in charge was against Kaizer Chiefs, and we lost, so this will be a bit of payback from the last result.

"It was unfortunate that we lost the top 8 and the first league match and we would like to turn that tide.

"Something that I didn’t know is that it has been a very long time since Pirates got a win or a draw prior to a derby, so the fact that we got a draw [against Free State Stars] hopefully sends a good message that we are ready and prepared for this game.

"I would like to reverse that and get a positive result, and make the title chase interesting because I don’t think anyone will want to see Chiefs win the title with five-to-six games still to be played."

Kick-off is at 15:30.


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