Tinkler calls out underperforming players

Matsatsantsa needed a stoppage-time equaliser from big Nigerian defender Azubuike Egwuekwe, who bagged his first goal for the club to cancel out Aubrey Ngoma’s first-half strike. 

It was a lacklustre display from Tinkler’s men and the former Bafana Bafana midfielder did not mince his words after the match as he lashed out at the players for “underperforming”.

“Not very good, those are my thoughts. We did not come [to the party]. We had one or two good chances in the first 10 minutes, but after that it was all Cape Town City. They looked like scoring in the first half, which is what they ended up doing,” said the two-time CAF Confederation Cup finalist after the game.

“Our first-half performance was simply not good enough. Not enough movement from the players, passing was poor, too much time on the ball, allowing them to press us and they were catching us every single time on the transition.

“Obviously it was a major concern at half-time, which we tried to rectify. We gave the players another 10 minutes [in the second half] to see if we would get some sort of reaction from them but not really, so we had to make changes. The problem is too many players underperforming. The only time we started creating was at the death. We set our standards high, so I can’t walk out of here happy with a point. I still feel as though it’s a loss.”

Matsatsantsa have three away matches left in 2017 against Free State Stars, Baroka FC and Bloemfontein Celtic. They take on Ea Lla Koto at Goble Park on Wednesday night (19h30).

“The approach has to be to win our games. But we have to realise there’s a lot of sacrifice we need to put in until the 21st [December].

“I can see some players are not entirely focused. We have to get the focus back, where it needs to be. We have to collect maximum from the games remaining [in 2017].”

Matsatsantsa are in 11th place on the Absa Premiership standings, seven points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.