Tinkler: Psychologist needed after TKO

Telkom Knockout

Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler admitted he might need another skill as a psychologist to help his boys recover from their Telkom Knockout final defeat.

The Team of Choice lost 2-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night in a match where they thought they'd equalised at the death, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

After the match Tinkler did not want to talk about officials and admitted it may be a challenge to uplift him and the team after how they lost the final.

"I think the first challenge is trying to uplift myself. I think that is key because I'm massively disappointed you know. I want to win trophies, that's why I love being a coach," said Tinkler.

"I love being a coach who is winning things. Not being on a winning side is always difficult so the side we are on it's the third time I've felt that."

Maritzburg's next match is against log leaders Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday and Tinkler says he might try to be a psychologist to prepare his team ahead of their last home game of the season.

"The fact of the matter is the ball is round, life moves on and in six days' times we've got another crucial game against Kaizer Chiefs and our league position is important to us, so we obviously want to try to finish off on a positive note," he explained.

"Massive game against Kaizer Chiefs at home, so I have to try to be a psychologist to try to motivate myself and obviously get the players motivated as well."

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