'We should've punished Chiefs with 6 or 7'

Telkom Knockout

Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler believes his team should have buried Kaizer Chiefs under an avalanche of goals in the Telkom Knockout semifinal.

United beat Amakhosi 2-1 in a fast-flowing match at the Mbombela Stadium on Sunday to book themselves a place in the final against Mamelodi Sundowns at Moses Mabhida Stadium on December 14.

Tinkler was still not happy with his strikers for failing to be ruthless against Chiefs and believes his side should have scored at least six goals.

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"I think we should have punished them to be honest," Tinkler said.

"That's not to disrespect them [Chiefs], I think the chances we created were not half-chances but clear-cut chances.

"We could have scored at least six or seven goals and walked away with a comfortable win. I am very proud of the players for their work ethic showed and work rate. We now have to focus for the game against SuperSport United."

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The former Bafana Bafana midfielder praised his players for sticking to their game plan, especially his defence.

"We knew they will be coming with Leonardo Castro and Samir Nurkovic. They are a team that likes to play off the second ball. Nurkovic likes to go to the channels and head the ball inside," he explained.

"We dealt with that with Pogiso Sanoka and obviously looking for cover with Nazeer Allie and Rushine De Reuck.

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"Defensively we were superb, especially De Reuck in the first half because there were a lot of balls coming in and he dealt with the first header and winning the second tackle. We dealt with that pressure very well.

Tinkler believes Cape Town-born De Reuck is currently one of the best defenders in the country.

"De Reuck is a fantastic centre-back. I think probably he is one of the best centre-backs in the country at the moment," he added.

"Obviously I have my own opinion on whether he should be or should not be in the national team."

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