Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler will be hoping that Wednesday’s hard-fought 2-0 victory over AmaTuks will signal the start of an improved run of league form.
The victory was Pirates’ fourth league win in 12 matches, and their first Absa Premiership three-pointer since beating Ajax on November 4 last year.
It was anything but a comfortable win as Bucs shot stopper Brighton Mhlongo put in a man-of-the-match performance to keep Tuks off the score-sheet, with the outcome of the game not certain until Sifiso Myeni scored five minutes from time.
“Today [Wednesday], more important than the way we played, was collecting the three points.
“We took the lead and then looked a bit nervous, but once we scored the second it settled things down,” Tinkler said after the game.
Ahead of a busy period of fixtures, including the Soweto derby at the end of the month, Tinkler is hoping that his side can continue to climb up the rankings, the victory over AmaTuks leaving the Sea Robbers 10th on the table.
“The morale and spirit is going to be a little bit better but you’re only as good as your last game, that’s the harsh reality,” he said.
“We’ve basically got three days to get ourselves ready for what’s going to be another tough match against another team that are fighting for survival [Maritzburg United] so we’ve got to be at our best again in three days’ time.”
Pirates’ upcoming fixtures:
Saturday 16/01/16: Maritzburg United (away)
Saturday 23/01/16 Jomo Cosmos (away)
Saturday 30/01/16 – Kaizer Chiefs (home)
Wednesday 03/02/16 – Ajax Cape Town (home)
Saturday 06/02/16 Univ. of Pretoria (away)