Absa Premiership

Tinkler: We gave it our all

2015-11-30 07:44
Eric Tinkler (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler insists that his charges gave everything in their CAF Confederation Cup final against Etoile du Sahel.

With the midweek terrorist attacks overshadowing the final, the Buccaneers went into the encounter already on the back foot after the Tunisian side scored a late equaliser at Orlando Stadium.

Tinkler has praised his side despite their 2-1 aggregate loss and leaves Tunisia a "proud" coach.

"I think we did give it all. I'm very, very proud of the boys," Tinkler said as quoted by Sowetan Live.

"We started a bit nervy in the first-half. The players were a bit scared to concede. We were giving the ball away cheaply and playing the long ball.

Tinkler says that Etoile were winning the second ball and were quicker than the Sea Robbers and felt their goal was fortuitous.

"The best chance in the first half actually came from us. I thought Thabo Rakhale should have done a lot better, and we would have gone in at half time at least 1-1, with everything open again.

"In the second-half we responded extremely well. We told the players to put the ball on the deck, pass it and move with a lot more speed."


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