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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