Draw means Bucs still 14 points adrift
[caption id="attachment_72026" align="alignright" width="300"] THAT'S MINE: Kaizer Chiefs' Siphiwe Tshabalala and Orlando Pirates' Issa Sarr during their Absa Premiership match at the FNB Stadium in Soweto at the weekend Picture: GALLO IMAGES -[/caption]
Derby stalemate leaves Tinkler frustrated
ORLANDO Pirates caretaker coach Eric Tinkler bemoaned his side’s decision-making in the final third as fourth-placed Bucs failed to make any ground on Absa Premiership leaders Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.
The Soweto giants clashed at the FNB Stadium in a game where goalkeepers were not tested and supporters went wild for tricks and flicks that did not benefit their teams in any way, shape or form.
Bucs dominated play in the first half but had nothing to show for it, not even testing Amakhosi goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune. Not that Amakhosi were any better.
The second period was a bit better as the sides tried to push for a winner, but the game was not, in any sense of the term, a classic as it finished goalless.
AHowever, Tinkler and his Chiefs counterpart, Stuart Baxter, seem to believe it was a great display of football.
“We came here to try to collect three points. We had a little more to lose getting one point because we do not gain any ground on Chiefs,” Tinkler said after the clash.
“I thought we were very good in the first half. We controlled the ball very well, we got into threatening areas. It was just our final pass and decision-making in the final third that less us down.
“They came at us a lot more in the second half, which caused us a lot of problems. When they came at us it opened up the game and it made it end to end. I don’t think any player held back today.”