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Published: 5 August 2019

'WE CAN BUILD ON THIS, WE CAN GET BETTER'
     
   
 

Head coach Eric Tinkler felt Maritzburg United were a bit unfortunate to come away empty handed from Sunday’s KwaZulu-Natal derby against Golden Arrows.

     
 

 

In a tight opening Absa Premiership match of the 2019/20 season, Michael Gumede scored the only goal of the game just after the half time interval at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.

 

Coach Eric conceded there are some issues which the technical team needs to try and iron out, but he remains upbeat about the potential the Team of Choice have in their ranks.

 

“Obviously there’s disappointment with the loss, but I was quite happy with the performance from what I saw,” he said.

 

“First half they (Arrows) didn’t really create anything, I don’t think Richard (Ofori) really needed to make a save. They were looking to play with three up, to try and isolate our central defenders, I thought we dealt with that very well.

 

“We managed to catch them once or twice on the transition, Gabriel (Nyoni) put in some nice balls, but good defending from them (Arrows).

 

“Coming it at half time I was quite happy, but conceding the goal after 30 seconds I think that takes the wind out of you, or potentially could - although I thought the players responded very well.

 

“I think we definitely deserved more, but football can be cruel, that’s the harsh reality.”

 

While coach Eric pointed out that work needs to be done – including the defending of set pieces, he was also pleased with what he saw from some of the new signings and expects this to bode well for the future.

 

“I need to take the positives and I thought there were a lot of positives,” he said. “I thought Gabriel had a fantastic debut, I thought Daylon Claasen was exceptional, he just grew stronger and better, more comfortable on the ball and I think he can still offer us a whole lot more.

 

“Phumlani (Ntshangase) also did well. There are areas he can improve on, but things which are fixable. Up front Judas Moseamedi worked his socks off.

 

“Overall I felt everybody worked extremely hard and they didn’t drop their heads after conceding. I see a lot of positives, we can build on this, we can better.”

 

Next up for the Team of Choice is our first home match of the season – against Highlands Park at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night (8pm).


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