September 27, 2016

BACKLINE: Tshepo Gumede

Tinkler urges Cape Town to defend with intensity.

Cape Town City players go to Highlands Park on a high after their Cape derby win. But coach Eric Tinkler is not yet impressed with his team.

Friday’s 1-0 win over Ajax Cape Town may have given them three points, however, there are flaws they need to fix.

One problem Tinkler highlighted was his defence’s inability to cope with bustling Ajax frontman Nathan Paulse.

And tonight they will come up against wrecking ball Collins Mbesuma, who was the PSL’s top scorer last season.

City couldn’t handle Paulse’s hustle to win the long balls and bring his teammates into play.

Tinkler says: “I thought it was a game with way too many mistakes on our part, both offensively and defensively. We gave the ball away very cheaply and our clearances were poor.

“Allowing [Ajax striker Nathan] Paulse way too much time to win the headers and then picking up the second ball.”

Mbesuma is similar and is arguably more deadly.

But Tinkler will have more options in defence after City snapped up Orlando Pirates target Thamsanqa Mkhize.

On Sunday, the City Boys announced that they have signed the defensive midfielder “to bolster our already strong squad”.

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