Tinkler running out of excuses


Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler admit luck is not on their side after their second loss of the season against Black Leopards.

The Team of Choice's opening four matches of the season have been nothing but heartbreaking as Lesedi Kapinga's goal gave Lidoda Duvha a win at Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday night, the worse part being that the hosts missed a penalty to equalise.

Tinkler, who was demoralised after the match, said his players deserve better for their performances this season.

"There's been a case in all our four games, I don't think it's a case of playing bad football, we've been playing very good football for the last four games, had so many chances you know, I lost count and last game we had like 18 to 19 chances missed," Tinkler explained.

"We can even go back to the [Golden] Arrows game, we're just not putting the ball in the back of the net. Obviously that's costing us and I can't really fault the players. It's heartbreaking for the technical team, fans and players because at the end of the day we are judged based on results. I feel for the boys."

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Tinkler says as much as he's not a man who believes in bad luck, maybe now he can just admit things are not good in terms of luck.

"Strikers have got to find that composure in the final third, we've made changes but still it doesn't go in. I don't believe in luck but right now I feel we have very little luck."

Maritzburg will have three weeks to prepare for their next match, which does not get any easier against Mamelodi Sundowns.