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Posted: 4 February 2014 Time: 19:04

Orlando Pirates interim coach Eric Tinkler claimed three points in his first game in charge of Bucs following a 2-1 victory over his former club Bidvest Wits on Tuesday night.

READ: Tinkler salutes Bucs character

Wits struck first through their captain Sibusiso Vilakazi, but the Buccaneers hit back via second-half goals from strikers Helder Pelembe and Kermit Erasmus at Orlando Stadium.  

The result leaves Pirates sixth on the Premiership table with 23 points from 12 games - two points behind fifth-placed Wits, and 13 points adrift of pacesetting champions Kaizer Chiefs, who have played an extra four fixtures.

Tinkler's men - who came under his control following Roger de Sa's exit from Mayfair last week - should have scored in the first minute of the tie. However, Lehlogonolo Masalesa ballooned the ball over the cross bar from close range following a Happy Jele flick-on off a corner.

The hosts continued to dominate early on, as Pelembe flashed an effort narrowly wide of Moeneeb Josephs' goal before Aubrey Ngoma drilled a shot straight at the Wits goalkeeper.

But it was the Students who drew first blood in the 20th minute, as Vilakazi tucked in a right-wing cross at the near post after stealing in ahead of Jele. 

The home side nearly equalised just before the half-hour mark, but Josephs, who impressed in his first outing since being blasted by Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula for his Chan showing, pulled off a sharp reaction save to deny Pelembe's first-time shot from the edge of the area.

Soon after, ex-Buccaneer Josephs dropped down smartly to his left to keep out a powerful long-range strike from Man of the Match Khethokwakhe Masuku, as Wits took a narrow lead into the break.

Jele threatened 10 minutes after the interval, but the overlapping right-back blasted over on the angle after being teed up in the area by the tricky Masuku.

At the other end, new Wits signing Sthembiso Ngcobo headed wide off a right-wing cross from Erwin Isaacs.

The Sea Robbers, though, got even in the 56th minute through Pelembe, who brilliantly nodded in a corner from Masuku for his first goal for the Soweto giants.

Tinkler's charges then went ahead in the 73rd minute when Erasmus, a second-half replacement for midfielder Masalesa, headed in a left-wing cross from Thabo Matlaba, with the visitors unable to find a way back in Soweto.

Livefyre comments on this story...

oupa Second Star
posted: 2014-02-04 17:07:13

Rodger is still there mos,same lineup and same old story,missed chance and poor defending.

posted: 2014-02-04 17:11:05

Kanti where are the strikers in this pirates line up?who's gonna score goals apha?

posted: 2014-02-04 17:11:56


posted: 2014-02-04 17:12:14

Professor_Baxter  Tinkler is continuing where Roger left off. they dont play to win just to draw a win its a bonus

Gucci Man
posted: 2014-02-04 17:13:15

Hayi ke manje sekusele abobhari-bhari, bhari bhari ke manje eMayfair Eric Tinkler and Tebogo Moloi.....

Gucci Man
posted: 2014-02-04 17:14:54

Becareful of Kadi,Isaacs,Ngcobo ''Mapholoba'' and Faty .....ayeye !!!

fortune_ COWloba
posted: 2014-02-04 17:18:16

eish Eric,lets see

Ganyani AMPLIFIED(BucsBack2theTop )
posted: 2014-02-04 17:18:20

Same $hit just different a$$es.

posted: 2014-02-04 17:20:27

2 Wits 0 Pie-rats who will score?

Three 3
posted: 2014-02-04 17:21:04

you are missing the boat Eric throw in the Gautrain he is experienced enough

without Segolela there is no fear in the Wits defense

you need to use your mind Eric play to WIN

this line up will only contain Wits and you don't play like that with small teams you only give them confidence

let me drive to Orlando now......see you later

posted: 2014-02-04 17:23:20

Phelembe is a striker. Manyisa is attacking MF. Pirates 3 Wits 1

posted: 2014-02-04 17:24:57

Lera  I still believe having Bacela is better than this Pelembe guy and depending on Manyisa

posted: 2014-02-04 17:28:57

There r 60 supporters @da stadium..... Kanti where r the Gorrilas?

posted: 2014-02-04 17:30:04

Where is Erasmus? Why 1 striker? We want to win or a Draw?

posted: 2014-02-04 17:31:47

On the paper this Bidvest outfit look very promising But we will have to see how they pens out.by the way im inlove with the starting eleven for bidvest.

Gucci Man
posted: 2014-02-04 17:31:51

Tsokotsa ......Pirates fans were talking about  ''40K in full swing''.....

posted: 2014-02-04 17:33:38

MlamuliNinoMtshali  remember Roger brought Tinkler to Pirates and they worked together for a long time so this man will continue with whatever Roger was doing. this is a drawing team if luck is on their side

posted: 2014-02-04 17:34:37

Man that Midfield 3 is forgettable. Manyisa as much a competent attacking midfielder as Bafana were going to win Chan, NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN! Throw some curve balls. Play Nhlapo or Masuku centrally. No tactical thinking.

posted: 2014-02-04 17:35:26

i dont trust this line up with masuku and ngoma at the same time, no 1 can push wits defenders to face that bunch of false teeth.

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-02-04 17:38:04


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