Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler says he had to change formation several times after the pressure they faced from Orlando Pirates in their DStv Premiership game.
But the Cape side managed to outrun Soweto by a point as they held on to the game with a 0-0 draw at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday.
Cape City goalkeeper Hugo Marques prevented Bucs from scoring and the hosts created many opportunities, especially in the first half. Tinkler’s attacks, meanwhile, looked menacing just before half-time, with a shot from Tashreeq Morris saved from close range by Siyabonga Mpontshane, while Thabo Nodada’s powerful attack also saw the Pirates’ keeper make a good save.
“Hard, to be honest, I didn’t think we were that good at all. I think collectively we underperformed in this game. Our plan and strategy – we knew they would build up with the back three and the importance of blocking the crosses from both Deon Hotto and Bandile Shandu. But we have not applied that urgent strategy well. I mean the first 15 to 20 minutes, we were always late on every challenge and they found it very easy to play through us and create difficult situations for us in the last third. I wasn’t happy about that,” Tinkler said.
“I changed our formation again in terms of our press strategy, it seemed to work a little better, but there was a lot of space in between and still players could receive (the ball) and turn, very reactive defensively and had to take the pressure off for weeks. We completely changed the formation in the last 15 minutes of the first half and I thought we got back into the game and created two chances.”
However, City were lucky enough to walk away by a point, helping them move up the rankings. They are in eighth place in the ranking with 27 points after 19 games.