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Tinkler – We Should Have Won This Game Comfortably

Cape Town City head Eric Tinkler says his team really should have won against Swallows in their MTN8 semi-final first leg on Sunday.

The match ended 0-0, but  City who dominated possession, had 21 attempts at goal, but just four were on target, with Virgil Vries pulling off one or two good saves for Swallows.

Tinkler says it was  a dominant performance that they should have won easily.

“Ja, today I thought it was a very dominant performance by us,” Tinkler said after the game. 

“We knew that Swallows were going to be a very, very difficult team in terms of how they play the formation that they utilise, playing with the fullbacks going inside, we changed our formation slightly to try and catch them, we tried to be a little bit brave in terms of the the players that we played in this game, very offensive. 

“And I thought we created so many chances, we hit everything barring the back of the net, we hit the post, the goalkeeper had to make few saves, some clearances nearly off the line from their players, just that final third we didn’t get the goal. 

“But I thought it was a dominant performance by us. And the only real time that they caused any threat was really on the counter. 

“And you know, even at halftime we rectified that error, we didn’t really play with a natural holding midfielder today but we asked Bibo (Mpho Makola) or Mdu (Mdantsane) to do that and in the second half, they didn’t hit us on the counter anymore. 

“The only way they could was really going long. Vries direct looking from Makgalwa and they could have stole it right at the death, with one chance that they had in the second half. 

“But I thought really today, the players adapted to the new system very, very well. So I’m very very happy with that. 

“Obviously happy that we kept a clean sheet. But ja, we should have won this game comfortably to be honest.”

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