'We can count ourselves lucky'


Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler conceded that they were fortunate to walk away with the three points after a disappointing showing in the first half.

A goalkeeping howler by Daniel Akpeyi handed United the lead through Daylon Claasen in the 65th minute before the Maritzburg number 14 completed his brace two minutes later.

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"I thought our first half performance was not great at all to be brutally honest and I'll take full responsiblity for that because as I mentioned I made some tactical changes and I was trying to be a little bit too clever and obviously it didn't work for us in that first-half," Tinkler said on SuperSport TV after the match.

"Even in the first-half I had to make a change, I had to put Siyanda [Xulu] to play with the back three but ultimately we were way too defensive, we were looking to soak up a lot pressure and we were really poor in that first-half.

"So, unfortunately I had to sacrifice Siyanda, as I said, not a fault of his rather by mine, go back to our normal structure, bring Pogiso [Sanoka] out and far better performance in the second-half.

"I think you know we started to look a lot more organised, we looked a lot beter going forward, we started to create chances and we got the goals but we had to hang on to be honest. They're [Chiefs] always going to be a threat from set-pieces, that's been their biggest strength this season, the amount of goals they scored from that, they got one," he continued.

"Then we had to hold on to be brutally honest, ja we'll take the three points and run, it wasn't a great first half, better second-half but maybe we can count ourselves a little bit lucky today."