COACH ERIC: WE WERE PUNISHED FOR OUR ERRORS
23 February 2020
Head coach Eric Tinkler felt that Maritzburg United were their own worst enemies in Saturday night’s Nedbank Cup defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic at the Dr Molemela Stadium.
The Team of Choice crashed out to a 3-2 defeat in the last 16, despite having taken the lead through an early Thabiso Kutumela penalty.
They had done well to claw the game back to 2-2 with Kwanda Mngonyama’s 89th minute equaliser, only to concede five minutes later.
But United had not been at their best throughout the 90 minutes and had made life difficult for themselves by giving away some sloppy goals to the Free State team.
“We gave the ball away cheaply, and when we do that against the quality they have in attack, you’re going to get punished, and that’s precisely what happened,” coach Eric lamented after the match.
“That’s not an excuse, you know what the conditions are like that so you’ve got to play according to the conditions,” he explained.
“We spoke about it before the game, we spoke about it at half time. But we gifted them three goals, from your own mistakes, your own errors.
“Like I said, mistakes. Their last two goals come off fouls, against us. The so-called (referee’s) advantage didn’t play to our advantage, it played to theirs.
“But you’ve got to be able to cope with those situations, and we didn’t. We got outnumbered, we got caught on the counter, we didn’t have the numbers to defend.
“Congratulations to Celtic, they move on, we focus on the league now.”
After four consecutive away matches, next up for Maritzburg is an Absa Premiership clash with Stellenbosch FC at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday, 28 February, 8pm kick off.