Cup half full



October 18, 2016
Cup half full

PLENTY TO SORT: Eric Tinkler

Tinkler can fix more of City team’s issues in TKO clash against Celtic.

Cape  Town City will be looking for another confidence-boosting cup run when they start their Telkom Knockout campaign tomorrow night.

Their clash at Cape Town Stadium against Bloem
Celtic will be a tough one for the City Boys, who are looking to get back to winning ways after going two games without victory.

City’s defence fell apart against Baroka at home this weekend, conceding two goals in four second-half minutes.

But Tinkler will be happy for another game to get his team to gel as a unit.

After Saturday’s defeat to
Baroka, the former Bafana Bafana midfielder slammed his defence, making his feelings known: “Obviously disappointment, anger.

“The way we conceded the two goals was purely unacceptable.

“The first one was from a set-piece, and it’s only natural that you are supposed to follow up and protect the goalkeeper, and we didn’t do that – we just stood and watched.

“Then the ease with which they scored the second one was
absolutely horrendous defending.

“We get ourselves back in an early goal after their second, and then [we were] not creative enough.”

Still for Tinkler, like in the MTN8 earlier this season, the cup competitions offering extra games are always a chance to fix issues for the newly-formed club.

He says: “As professionals we have to understand that the competition is getting tougher.

“You have to look at areas where you have to improve and do that when you play. Going far in cup competitions is important to getting that consistency.

“The more games we play, the quicker the players will adapt and that’s been very good for us.”

Tinkler is all too aware that time is short to shore up their defence and Celtic will be up for this one too.

The Bloem side finally broke their duck this season, with their first victory of the season, a 1-0 win over Platinum Stars on Saturday, and will be hungry for more.

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