Tinkler: History is against us


Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler says his players know what’s at stake, as they prepare for their first promotion/relegation play-off match this afternoon.

Speaking ahead of the KwaZulu-Natal derby against National First Division side Royal Eagles at Harry Gwala Stadium (15h00), Tinkler challenged his players to give a performance of their lives as they look to retain their Absa Premiership status.

Eagles made a good start to the play-offs on Wednesday with a 1-0 victory over Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila at Chatsworth Stadium on Wednesday.

Maritzburg avoided automatic relegation on the final day of the season after they drew 1-1 with Baroka FC and Free State Stars were beaten 1-0 by Mamelodi Sundowns.

"History is against us, as the play-offs doesn't favor PSL teams,” Tinkler said.

“We need to understand the importance of doing well on Sunday. Our preparations have been going well so far, players are ready to fight for this team, we have to start these games very well." 

Tinkler is banking on the support they’ve been getting at home throughout the season, despite the difficult. He believes their 12th man can play a key role for them.

"We are confident that this team will survive. Our 12th man has been supporting us for the last matches of the season and we expect them to come in their numbers and show us love. Players need to make sure they don't disappoint them by performing well and save this club."