Cape Town - Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler
accepted that his team were second best as they fell to a 2-1 defeat
against Mamelodi Sundowns at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Tuesday.
The Team of Choice made a disastrous start to the game as they found
themselves 2-0 down after 21 minutes but kept on fighting to get back
into the match.
Masandawana were reduced to 10 men on the hour mark when Gastón
Sirino was sent off and the hosts took advantage of the extra man as
Fortune Makaringe netted a consolation goal late on.
It was not enough though as the Brazilians held on for all three
points that took them to the top of the table while for Maritzburg they
stay at the foot of the standings and face an uphill battle to avoid
Tinkler told SuperSport TV
: "You got to give credit where
credit is due. They were very clinical up front and punished us. (It
was) two counterattacks really and we prepared and warned the boys about
"They are going to penetrate through the middle of us.
They got a lot of speed obviously on the transitional phase, we got to
be aware of that and we got caught and I think the big difference
between them and us were the chances.
The former Orlando Pirates coach continued to highlight that his side
were in the game but their opponents just had better accuracy in front
Tinkler continued: "It's not a case of we didn't have chances we did.
The first (two) goals comes from us having a strike at goal and getting
caught on the counter.
"So there's that disappointment. But I
can't fault the boys they worked hard. But I think the quality was the
difference, they took their chances and we didn't."