April 21, 2024

Tinkler blasts Athlone grass in goalless draw against Chiefs

CAPE TOWN – Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler believes his side had the upper hand to hurt Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

The two sides played to a 0-0 draw at Athlone Stadium in the DStv Premiership clash.

Tinkler’s charges have 32 points, sitting in sixth place on the summit of the log.

He shared his frustrations after unconverted chances against Amakhosi.

“Today [Saturday] I saw it from the players, so they responded in the way that I wanted,” said Tinkler.

“Am I happy with the result? No. But that’s me, I want to win. I don’t want to draw and lose.

“I want to win, even though it’s a big team like the Chiefs. I think in the first half, we had the opportunity to really hurt them.

“I thought we played really, really well through the phases. They were struggling to contain us.

“They had the counter, and those counters came from whenever we gave the ball away poorly. Or we made wrong decisions, we looked for an extra pass.

“I just felt we needed to look to switch the ball a little bit quicker. We needed to play through the phases a little bit quicker.”

Tinkler has also thrown the blame on the pitch at Athlone.

“But truth be told, the pitch didn’t help. I sat with the groundsman,” he said.

“It’s rare that I do these things, I sat with the groundsman on Wednesday.

“This pitch was almost the length you saw it today, and I said to him, the grass needs cutting.

“No. It’s your decision. What length do you want? And I told him, it must be 22. That’s normal for a football field, and it must be watered. The grass wasn’t cut, the pitch wasn’t watered. So the stadium was completely against us.”

The Citizens will travel to Polokwane to face the Sekhukhune United on Tuesday at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Image: @CapeTownCityFC/ Twitter.

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