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Published: 21 May 2019

CONFIDENCE WITHOUT COMPLACENCY IS WHAT UNITED NEED
     
   
 

Maritzburg United head coach Eric Tinkler wants his men to have a healthy respect for Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM), but also to back their own abilities in Wednesday afternoon’s PSL Promotion/Relegation Play-Off fixture.
     
 

 

The Team of Choice began their promotion-relegation play-off campaign with a 1-0 victory over Royal Eagles at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Sunday.

 

That was the second match of the play-offs, with TTM having lost 0-1 to Eagles in Chatsworth earlier last week.

 

Coach Eric took his men down to Durban to watch that game, and therefore the Maritzburg camp knows well what to expect from the National First Division outfit at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Wednesday (kick off is at 3pm).

 

"I don't think TTM are a bad side and I think possibly they deserved to get something out of the Eagles game, they had chances right at the end,” the Team of Choice mentor explained.

 

"They have got a lot of mobility up front with the striker, he's quick, sharp, holds the ball up. Two central defenders are strong. Through the midfield they looked like a possession based team.

 

"I don't see them very much different to Eagles. Like we saw with Galaxy (Nedbank Cup final winners), you can't underestimate them. I think the biggest challenge is not to underestimate them.

 

"It’s very important to respect the opposition, know what their qualities are - but let’s not forget how good we are both individually and collectively.

 

“Because if you don't have that, then obviously you are going into the game with fear. But you shouldn’t have fear, if anybody should have fear, they (the opposition) should have fear."

 

Maritzburg have shown this season that they know how to unlock opposition defences. But as the coach points out, he wants his men to be more clinical with the chances they create.

 

“I said (during the Eagles match on Sunday) let's not make the mistake like we made against Baroka FC (a 1-1 league draw), where we went 1-0 up and then we looked to try and protect that one goal.

 

"We want to go and score the second, look for the third. But that didn't happen and then the last 10 minutes, it reminded me of the Baroka game, we started dropping off very deep, they threw the big centre-back up, we're allowing crosses into the box and it becomes a 50-50 [situation].

 

"The three points are the most important thing, but I would prefer to see us play a lot better. We've shown when we are on the front foot, we are dangerous. That's when we play at our best.”

 

Maritzburg have won three and drawn one of their last four matches, including a 2-1 victory over Black Leopards at the same venue they meet TTM at, the Thohoyandou Stadium.






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