Absa Premiership

Tinkler targets improvement away from home

2019-03-06 14:42
Eric Tinkler and Fortune Makaringe
Eric Tinkler and Fortune Makaringe (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Maritzburg United head coach Eric Tinkler has urged his side to replicate their recent home form on their travels, starting with Saturday's clash against Kaizer Chiefs.

The Team of Choice have managed to boost their survival prospects after recording two home wins since the turn of the year, but their form on the road has been a major cause for concern.

United's last win away from home came all the way back in September as Bandile Shandu's second-minute goal secured a 1-0 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic.

And, with the Premiership campaign entering the final stretch, Tinkler wants his squad to target "maximum points" in all their remaining games.

"It is all about collecting maximum points in each game that we are playing," he is quoted as saying by IOL website. "Now, we need to take the performances that we've produced here away from home.

"It is a mental block. When you start losing you start disbelieving in yourself. You start disbelieving in your colleagues.

"Then it becomes a blame game. That's something we tried to rectify when I came in.

"I think everybody is aware that we are all in this together. The only we can get out of it, it is if we stick together. We believe in each other.

"We've been giving players that belief. We've given them a little bit of freedom to express themselves. That's how they have responded."

Spirits in the Maritzburg camp appear to be at an all-time high after a 2-1 victory over AmaZulu last time out, but Tinkler has warned his players not to rest on their laurels.

He added: "Again we can't celebrate. The job is far from done. Let us be realistic, we are still sitting at the bottom of the table."


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