Tinkler: It’s about converting chances

Telkom Knockout

Pirates have won two league games on the trot, having dispatched rivals Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 last weekend before edging Ajax Cape Town 2-1 in the Mother City, yet both encounters could have produced even more goals for the Bucs, had they converted their numerous opportunities in front of goal.

Tinkler acknowledged that some of those strikes should have been put away, yet sees the positives in his forwards getting into goal-scoring positions.

“That’s been going on for quite a while,” he said. “The only thing you can do is keep working in training, and keep the confidence high – the good thing for me is that they are always getting into those situations.

“It only becomes a problem if the chances start drying up, but that’s not the case – we still creating the chances, and now we just need to finish them off.”

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The Bucs coach feels the missed opportunities does not mean his team have been playing poorly and remained positive about his side’s recent displays.

“People talk about a team performing poorly, but I don’t agree with that, particularly with the chances you create,” he said. “Usually a team that’s been performing poorly doesn’t create chances and doesn’t play the type of football that we’ve been producing week in and week out.

“Yes, we’ve had one or two bad performances – against Bloemfontein Celtic and Polokwane City – but for me it’s about remaining positive.”

Tinkler will be hoping for a repeat of last weekend’s performance when his side take on Chiefs in their Telkom Knockout semi-final encounter on Saturday afternoon.

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