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Published: 29 August 2019

TINKLER: THE BALL'S JUST NOT GOING IN THE NET
     
   
 

Maritzburg United head coach Eric Tinkler has been left frustrated at his team’s inability to turn superiority into goals.

     
 

 

Last weekend against Stellenbosch FC, the Team of Choice dominated the goal scoring chances stats, but had to settle for a 0-0 draw.
Then against Black Leopards on Wednesday at the Harry Gwala Stadium, United once more dished up some promising football, but having failed to make their opportunities count, they ended up losing the match 1-0.

 

“It’s been the case in all four games – I don’t think it’s a case of we’ve been playing bad football. I think we’ve been playing very good football in the last four games, we’ve created so many chances,” said coach Eric.

 

“I lost count of how many chances we had (against Leopards). I think the last game (Stellenbosch FC) it was 18 or 19 chances. All the way back to the Arrows game, we’re just not putting the ball in the back of the net and that’s costing us.

 

“One mistake (against Leopards) and it cost us. We backed off, we allowed the man the freedom…we spoke about it before the game, [Lesedi] Kapinga is a threat when he starts running at you, and he’ll shoot from outside the box. That’s how we conceded, and that was their first shot at goal,” he continued.

 

“I don’t know how many chances we had before that – we should have scored in the first minute of the game, from the first corner. That’s the way the penny falls for us right now, we just can’t seem to hit the back of the net.

 

“The effort is there, I can’t fault the players, they are working extremely hard. We’re playing a good brand of football, but I know we get judged on results.

 

“It’s heart-breaking, heart-breaking for the technical team and heart-breaking for the boys.

 

“I see us playing positively, getting into the right areas, creating the right opportunities, we dominate in terms of possession…the ball is just not going in.

 

“Our corners have been very good, especially the last couple of games. We’re getting on the end of them, the one’s hit the keeper on the face (against Stellenbosch), against Leopards, the one hit the defender on the head, normally you would expect those to go in, but they’re not.”

 

Maritzburg now have three weeks to prepare for their next match, against Mamelodi Sundowns in Tshwane on September 21.

 

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