Head Coach Eric Tinkler has lauded his charges for their impressive victory over Kaizer Chiefs in the Last 32 of the Nedbank Cup.
Tinkler, who started with Thandai Ndoro and Gift Motupa assisting up front, says that his players started like a house on fire and should have scored in the opening minutes of the game.
“I thought we started well but we didn’t capitalise on our chances,” said Tinkler. “Gift (Motupa) had a very good opportunity but couldn’t finish up. We had a couple of more chances…in fact, I think we could have scored more than one goal in the opening 15 minutes however as the first half went on, Chiefs had the ascendency and began causing problems.”
He added: “They were creating chances and they were entering into the final third too often and that was a big worry for us on the bench.
“At the break I emphasised on the importance of taking back control of the match and fortunately the boys responded well to that half time talk and started playing with more conviction…we scored and this bought back the confidence of the boys.
Tinkler didn’t stop there. The Bucs mentor also had time to single out his striker for his match winning performance.
“We have always known and respected Tendai’s abilities. Give him a chance in front of goal and he will bury it. Today I was particularly impressed with his work ethic…he didn’t stop running and always looked for the ball. That is a sign of confidence and this is the confidence we hope we can build on to end the season on a good note.”