Tinkler laments harsh fixture schedule

SuperSport currently find themselves falling way off the pace in the league race, sitting in 12th position – just four points of bottom-placed Ajax Cape Town – after 13 fixtures.

Matsatsantsa are three games adrfit of the rest of the table and left to play catch-up following their CAF Confederation Cup campaign, in which they ended second to TP Mazembe last year.

The Tshwane side have a total of eight league fixtures scheduled for this month alone, with a game set for every three-to-four days.

Tinkler was left agrieved by his side's dreadful showing in their 2-0 defeat to Bidvest Wits in midweek, but explained that with minimal time to train, he cannot fault his troops for their efforts under current circumstances.

"I only had one day [to train] – that's all you have. Now I've got another one day to train before my next game [against Golden Arrows on Sunday], and one more before the next one [against Maritzburg United next Wednesday]," bemoaned Tinkler.

"So, it becomes difficult to allow players to adapt to the situation [of playing in different positions], as opposed to when you're able to have five or six days to work on it and the player starts to understand his role and responsibility a lot better.

"But when you've only got a day, you can't expect miracles. So, I can't really sit and point fingers directly at them [players]."

Tinkler also admits the challenges of trying to improve his side's overall performance as well as the mental aspect, having tallied up a seven-match winless streak since last win over Ajax Cape Town in November last year.

"The challenge now is obviously guys must understand that we need to now collect points. We keep saying, 'Ah, we have games in hand,' but I've said from day one that games in hand mean nothing, points is what counts," he added.

"The players now must come to that harsh reality, the honeymoon period is over – what you achieved then [in the Confederation Cup and Telkom Knockout] means absolutely nothing in this game. It's about the now.

"In training we'll start working on both aspects – the way we play, because I think our posession is too negative – I expect it to be a lot more positive, going forward – our transitional play is way too slow, and we need to work on that.

"And then, obviously, the mental side – we know what the team is capable of and slowly but surely we need to get them back to that."