Johannesburg - Former Orlando Pirates goal poacher Benni McCarthy has praised Cape Town City FC head coach Eric Tinkler’s tactics following their goalless stalemate against the high flying Buccaneers on Tuesday.
Pirates' perfect start to the 2016/17 Absa Premiership campaign was halted by the Mother City-based outfit as the two sides shared the spoils in an entertaining clash played at the Orlando Stadium.
McCarthy, 38, believes that Tinkler and his charges were unfortunate not to walk away with maximum points on the night as they were let down by their finishing inside the Pirates box, despite the hosts dominating possession throughout the game.
“I think credit must go to Eric Tinkler and his entire technical team,” said McCarthy in his post-match analysis on SuperSport.
“His (Tinkler) tactics were hundred percent spot on and he stopped Pirates' perfect record.
“Yes he might be very disappointed with his strikers finishing, but Cape Town City really stood their ground and I think that Pirates will kiss the heavens for that point gained.
“Because they didn’t deserve to walk away with a point tonight (Tuesday), all three points should have gone to Cape Town City.
“But unfortunately they (Cape Town City) didn’t convert their goal scoring chances.”
City will be hoping for better fortune when they meet Ajax Cape Town in the first ever Mother City derby between the two sides on Friday (kick-off at 20:00), while Pirates will be traveling to the Bidvest Stadium to meet the in-form Wits on Saturday (kick-off at 20:15).