Absa Premiership

Tinkler takes blame for Celtic loss

2015-08-27 12:32
Eric Tinkler (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler has shouldered the blame for his side's second Premiership loss of the season - a shock defeat 1-0 to Bloemfontein Celtic.

Celtic edged the Soweto giants courtesy of a goal from Vuyani Ntanga in the 76th minute at the Free State Stadium.

Phunya Sele Sele coach Clinton Larsen used an element of surprise for the fixture, making nine personnel changes from the previous game.

"In the first half we didn't use the width, which is what we should have done. They had a lot of space and opportunities in the first half," Tinkler was quoted as saying by KickOff.

"We weren't getting in behind the defence, and they worked harder than us; they wanted it more than us.

"They made a lot of changes, but that means nothing. Those guys are hungry and want to prove to the coach that they deserve to be in the starting line-up.

"We just didn't come to the race, and I don't blame the players; I blame myself... I take full responsibility for this loss, but we've got to start looking at the next game."

 

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Highlands Park v Wits, Makhulong Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Polokwane City, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Stellenbosch v Kaizer Chiefs, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Cape Town City, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Maritzburg United v SuperSport United, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v Black Leopards, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
Baroka FC v Golden Arrows, Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Saturday, 30 November 2019
Polokwane City v Bloemfontein Celtic, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Cape Town City v Highlands Park, Cape Town Stadium 18:00
Black Leopards v Golden Arrows, Thohoyandou Stadium 18:00
SuperSport United v Stellenbosch, Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:15
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