Tinkler: Early goal was crucial
Posted: 12 December 2016 Time: 10:45
Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler explains that the early goal his side netted in Saturday's Telkom Knockout final was crucial in that it unsettled SuperSport United.
Aubrey Ngoma was the man to put the City Boyz ahead against Matsatsantsa and Tinkler believes that it forced their opponents to operate differently from that point onwards.
The Mother City-based outfit eventually ran out 2-1 winners at the Peter Mokaba Stadium as the club earned its first piece of silverware- as did Tinkler himself.
"We started the game very well. Supersport to a degree looked like they feared us. Every time we break on transition, they turned to back off and gave us a lot of time and space," the former Bafana Bafana midfielder explained.
"We got an early goal which put them on the back foot and started to change their game - playing lot of long balls, which is not entirely the football I have seen from them.
"It worked in our favour. We were well structured and organised especially in the first half and when we broke, we broke with a lot of speed."
Tinkler was also unreserved in his belief that his charges were full value for their win although he admitted that they could have played better.
"This is an extremely proud moment for me, a proud moment for the club. I am very proud of the boys," Tinkler said."I don't think it was a great performance by us but we did enough to win the game and deservedly so."