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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...

Fumigator {#Komphela Is A Spaza Shop Coach}
posted: 2014-02-04 18:17:59

Judas Majoro would have borrowed him his if he was there.

champ enigma
posted: 2014-02-04 18:32:16

Mr. Butterfinger Myewi Khumalo continuing where he left of. Now Masalesa is a cow, i give up on these Rodents. I told them he is not all that. Is time they prep Skhosana and Nyauza.

Azania
posted: 2014-02-04 18:32:55

Tebogo on free lunch. No urge, no commitment. Just enjoying himself

LePairetse
posted: 2014-02-04 18:38:06

Mare£e, Mare£e fela, bunch of useless losers. Meyiwa

Dikmol
posted: 2014-02-04 18:40:38

This Pelembe guy is good.

Azania
posted: 2014-02-04 18:42:38

Dikmol

Good in keeping a clean sheet like Mabena?

Fumigator {#Komphela Is A Spaza Shop Coach}
posted: 2014-02-04 18:42:51

OMG!! i just thought of this punchlines to rip on mabena but i wont rub chilli onto the wound because i'm nice somebody.

dumsanky
posted: 2014-02-04 18:48:21

1-1 thats how it must end

Dikmol
posted: 2014-02-04 18:49:32

Told you this Pelembe guy is good.

Star Washelela1937
posted: 2014-02-04 18:50:13

dumsanky not today boss

Dikmol
posted: 2014-02-04 18:51:19

Hahaha Teboho o na Le Kwaal. He will never be coach at Pirates.

veve10
posted: 2014-02-04 18:57:27

Game in hand FC* shapa Wits shapaaaa*

Gucci Man
posted: 2014-02-04 18:58:21

Khosiologyst  ......'''Markham Signal blazer'' ha ha ha ha ha

Star Washelela1937
posted: 2014-02-04 19:05:10

I don't see Pirates losing this game today....The only team to beat Pirates is Pirates.

Fumigator {#Komphela Is A Spaza Shop Coach}
posted: 2014-02-04 19:07:21

Mxm! Dom kat is a bunch of looser.

Star Washelela1937
posted: 2014-02-04 19:09:41

If Tinkler wants to keep this job he must replace Meyiwa with Dauda

Zlatanronaldo
posted: 2014-02-04 19:18:56

2-1 in favour of bucs u p**sies

Star Washelela1937
posted: 2014-02-04 19:21:07

Fumigator Please repeat your words, we know how to read games boss.

fortune_ COWloba
posted: 2014-02-04 19:24:47

Tinkler plz drop Meyiwa my man,we are fed-up of his school boy errors

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-02-04 19:26:26

Meyiwa must be dropped plz Tinkler

From no 16 to 6 can only get better....

Changes were good Tinkler

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