Brockie fully fit and raring to go‚ says Maritzburg United coach Tinkler

Jeremy Brockie of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership match between Maritzburg United and United at Harry Gwala Stadium on September 27, 2019 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Jeremy Brockie of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership match between Maritzburg United and United at Harry Gwala Stadium on September 27, 2019 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
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Jeremy Brockie is now fully fit and raring to go‚ according to Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler‚ but if he is finally going to break his goal drought needs more help from his teammates.

The ex-New Zealand international has now made four league and cup starts since his loan move from Mamelodi Sundowns at the end of August but is still to score

It is now almost one year since his last Premier Soccer League goal‚ netted for Sundowns in their 3-1 win over Free State Stars at Loftus Versfeld‚ and just under 11 months since the 32-year-old’s last goal overall against Al Ahli Benghazi of Libya in the African Champions League.

“Jeremy is not going to find goals by himself‚ it needs to come from within the squad‚ the players‚ us creating those opportunity for the like of Jeremy‚ (Thabiso) Kutumela and Judas Moseamedi to score‚" he said.

“And I don’t think we are getting that final phase entirely correct. If we can do that‚ we’ll take a lot of pressure off ourselves.

“Jeremy is fit now. The press distorted my words when I spoke about it last time.

“There is a difference between match fitness and training fitness and that (match fitness) was something Jeremy was not getting a lot of at Mamelodi Sundowns.

“I was not referring to training at Sundowns‚ I was referring to game time‚ which is extremely important.

“Jeremy has now come through the games with us and got minutes under his belt.

“But he’s getting a little bit frustrated that we are not creating opportunities.

“Players are then getting involved in situations that are not in their comfort zone.

“That sometimes can look to people outside that he is having a poor game but sometimes he is looking to try and create something that is going to help him score a goal.

“Hence I say to you‚ that’s something we need to work on. We’ve got to get better with our passes and setting up the strikers and sometimes be a little bit lenient.”

Tinkler said Maritzburg’s offensive play has to improve ahead of Friday’s Telkom Knockout quarter-final against Highlands Park at the Harry Gwala Stadium.

“We were very good at the start of the season‚ we created so many chances but I don’t think we’ve been created enough in front of goal lately‚” he added.


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