Absa Premiership

Tinkler depending on CT City's defence

2016-08-28 11:15
Eric Tinkler (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - It was all smiles for Eric Tinkler and his Cape Town City FC charges as they held onto a 1-0 scoreline against Kaizer Chiefs in an MTN8 quarter-final clash.

A midweek 2-0 victory against a daring Polokwane City set up feisty encounter against Amakhosi at Cape Town Stadium.

Matt Sim's early goal in the first-half was enough to secure a shock win over the Soweto giants in front of a sea of yellow jerseys.

Tinkler's side was much on the back-foot for the rest of the encounter playing on the counter-attack similar to their league fixture against Polokwane.

However, it was the new Premiership side's defensive mindset which saw them go unbeaten in week one of the PSL season.

City's goalkeeper Shu-aib Walters paid tribute to his defence after receiving the Man of the Match award in which Tinkler echoed the veteran's comments.

"We build this team, first and foremost, with a solid defence," said Tinkler.

"Our whole pre-season we only conceded one goal in eleven games and that's not bad."

Meanwhile, Tinkler is hoping that the result doesn't go to his players heads and continue to build on this result.

"We're going to be an extremely competitive team without a doubt. There's still a lot of work to do in my mind.

"We've got to keep working hard and what's extremely important is that we you don't allow this result to go to your head... a loss is always around the corner."

The former Orlando Pirates coach is adamant that the first hurdle remains to be safety come next year May, when the season comes to a close.

"You've got to be realistic, and I think our chairman is very realistic," said Tinkler.

"Our chairman has brought me in, signed another 14 players and told me I must now go and win the league... you got to be realistic and know what your targets are and know at the same time that rebuilding a team doesn't just happen over night.

"When you're rebuilding a team you can't just expect it to happen over night, it needs time for it to grow, to get better and the chairman understands that.

"We got to first and foremost ensure we stay in the league this season... you look to get to that 30-point mark as quick as you possibly can."

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