Tinkler: We gave the ball away a lot

Premiership

Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler expressed disappointed with the side's defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns in the DStv Premiership opener.

After a goalless first half, the Citizens succumbed to two quick fire goals by Aubrey Modiba and Themba Zwane at the DHL Stadium.

Tinkler felt his side weren't able to deal with Sundowns' high-press, which saw his side gave away possession on numerous occasions.

“I’m disappointed with the result. I thought in the first half we knew they were going to put us under a lot of pressure. They looked to apply a high-press but we struggled to get out of that press,” Tinkler told SuperSport TV.

“You know, we didn’t control the ball well enough in the first half. We gave a lot of ball away to them so they had a lot of possession but I thought defensively we obviously dealt with them and there were obviously one or two scares.

“But the ball control in the first half, our ball speed was simply not good enough. Yet, I thought we still had the two best chances in the first half – (Thabo) Nodada and then the young boy Luke (Daniels).

“So, we spoke about rectifying that at halftime but still we struggled today on the surface. I think both teams, I think the surface itself is very, very slippery.

“So, the accuracy of the passing today was not great and then we knew when you play against a team like Sundowns quality and give away a set-piece outside the box- they got a lot of quality to punish you and they did- you know Modiba with a fantastic free-kick and they go 1-0 up.

“And then you chasing and then you concede another one not even three or four minutes later then the game becomes difficult.

“But I’m very, very proud of the back-four like I said. I thought they had done quite well today. You know, we would obviously like to see Tata coming back, Fasika, Thami and then we will be a little bit stronger in that area you know.

“Thato back in the midfield. I thought when I moved him in there, we started to regain possession of the ball a lot more and started having a certain dominance in the game. Creating two or three chances late on to come back 2-1 you know.

“But overall, I think we deserved to collect all three points today but we fight on and go on to the next game,” Tinkler said.

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