Eric Tinkler says SuperSport United cannot get complacent following Ajax Cape Town defeat
Posted: 1 March 2018 Time: 09:44
SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler knows his side have to step it up if they are to save their ailing season.
The Pretoria club suffered their ninth league loss of the campaign on Wednesday night, going down 2-0 to relegation contenders Ajax Cape Town at Athlone Stadium.
After initially weathering the early Ajax onslaught, SuperSport enjoyed the bulk of possession, yet were toothless in attack, and were undone by two second-half goals from former players Fagrie Lakay – on loan at the Urban Warriors from Matsatsantsa – and Mario Booysen.
Tinkler was naturally left disappointed after the loss, but refused to fault his players for their efforts.
“The work ethic – not in the first 25 minutes, but after that – we worked, we chased, we did what was necessary and looked a lot more positive and more confident on the ball than what we looked in those first 20 minutes,” he said.
“But again in the final third we were not creative enough, and not creating opportunities to score, and we struggled to get back into the game [after conceding].”
The result sees SuperSport slip closer and closer to the relegation zone, as they sit in 12th spot in the Absa Premiership standings, just three points ahead of second-from-bottom Polokwane City, who have played two games more.
Asked if his side had too much quality to go down, Tinkler was frank in his response.
“We can’t keep saying that every week,” he replied. “This is where we find ourselves right now, and we’ve got to be strong enough to get out of that position. We need to obviously relay that message at the training ground to the players, that we need to get a result against Maritzburg, and we can’t allow complacency or the confidence to drop.
“I’ve seen us play much, much worse than what we did against Ajax, and I can take the positives from that. But we have to be a lot better going forward, and ensure at the back that we don’t talk about the same things every week and continue making the same mistakes. We have to rectify that.”
SuperSport next face high-flying Maritzburg United at home on Saturday evening, with kick-off set for 18h00.