Absa Premiership

Tinkler: 'Maritzburg need maximum points to survive'

2019-04-08 12:31
Eric Tinkler and Fortune Makaringe
Eric Tinkler and Fortune Makaringe (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler believes the club have to try and win the rest of their Absa Premiership matches to avoid relegation.

Maritzburg gained a vital 2-1 victory last Friday against Bloemfontein Celtic at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.

They briefly moved one point behind both Chippa United and Baroka at the bottom of the table.

However, both sides both won over the weekend meaning the Team of Choice remain four points behind the pair of clubs as well as Free State Stars.

As such, Tinkler takes the view that winning their final five matches against Highlands Park, Orlando Pirates, Black Leopards, SuperSport United and Baroka is imperative.

He told reporters: "We understand that the teams around us have tougher games remaining on paper but honestly at this stage of the season everyone is beatable, so we can't rely on other results, we will have to try and get maximum points for us to survive and put pressure on teams around us.

"It was a very crucial win but let's be honest, we didn't play very well, it was not like a team that want to fight especially in the first half. I wish we can have the same character we had against Polokwane City.

"We needed to be more aware especially playing against a Celtic side that is motivated by their off-the-field issues, they will give their all. I feel we didn't do well."

United are next in action in the league when they take on the Lions of the North on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 15:00.


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