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Tinkler admits CIty got lucky

Eric Tinkler says his Cape Town City perhaps got more than they deserved after a 1-0 home win over Lamontville Golden Arrows in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday kept alive their hopes of finishing second in the league this season.

Both sides squandered numerous opportunities in an entertaining game at the Athlone Stadium, before Musa Bilankulu turned the ball into his own net from an Aubrey Ngoma cross in the final minute of injury-time at the end of the game.

“It was a game of two halves and first half we weren’t very good at all,” Tinkler says. “Defensively we were poor, Arrows were trying to force us to play through the middle and we fell for it every single time. That allowed them to play off our mistakes.

“Their transitional play and counter-attack is their main threat, they are not a team that will look to press you high up the field. They will look to drop off into the middle third and wait for you to make a mistake and capitalise on that.

“In the first half our shape was poor, we made the wrong decisions and we got away with it a bit.”

But Tinkler says they made some adjustments at the break and the introduction of midfielder Thabo Nodada also provided a boost for City.

“We rectified that at halftime and the players responded much better. When Thabo Nodada came in, the impetus really fell to our side, he made a big difference.

“We seemed to get a second wind, drive forward more and create a lot of chances. Their keeper [Nkosi Gumede] I think probably had his best game this season, he made some fantastic saves.”

When captain Lebogang Manyama missed a penalty with five minutes remaining, it looked as though it would not be City’s night, but Tinkler was pleased with the spirit shown by his team.

“We missed a penalty, but the boys kept fighting and we got the win right at the death. But for that effort in the second half, I think we deserved the goal at least. Whether we deserved the three points, I’m not so sure because our performance in the first half was not very good.”


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