Absa Premiership

Tinkler urges high-flying City to be consistent

2017-02-13 14:26
Eric Tinkler (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Cape Town City ran out 2-0 victors over cross-town rivals Ajax Cape Town in the Cape derby at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday that maintained City's title challenge.

Goals by man-of-the-match, Aubrey Ngoma and an own goal by Ajax's Erwin Isaacs handed City the three points and the bragging rights between the two sides.

City coach Eric Tinkler praised both side's performance in what was an enthralling derby that attracted an impressive crowd who created an electric atmosphere.

Tinkler confirmed in a post-match interview that his side now had new targets after achieving the 30 point mark that guarantees safety in the Premier Soccer League.

"I'm proud of the boys, they worked extremely hard and our target now is 46 points which I think guarantees you at least a top five position. I'm extremely proud of what we've achieved so far," Tinkler said.

"We would have definitely been happy with that at the start of the season considering that we're such a new and young club and now it's all about consistency now to reach the 46 point mark. I told my players that the confidence is there, but now it's about creating a winning habit," he added.

Ajax head coach Stanley Menzo felt that the game was all about the small details that cost his side adding that although it's easy to identify City's strengths, it is much more difficult to stop them with their added quality.

"They have players who can make good decisions, with a player like (Lebogang) Manyama who can see the moment when they are going to win the ball, then he is already on his way and that's a quality and it's not easy to play against a team like that," Menzo said.

"It's not easy to play against a team like that and we have to have that added quality to see when we are going to lose the ball and anticipate the counter," he concluded.

City next face a tough fixture against a wounded Orlando Pirates on Saturday at Cape Town Stadium who were thrashed 6-0 by Mamelodi Sundowns and will be determined to restore their pride.

Kick off is at 20:15.

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