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Tinkler Will Take Chippa Result

Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler says he was happy to get three points against Chippa United, but says his team were far from their best, still suffering from the effects of losing the MTN8 final.

City scored late to beat Chippa 1-0 at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday, a result that sees them move up to eighth on the log.

But Tinkler admits his team were far from their best, and hardly created chances throughout the match.

“Psychologically I think, it was always going to be difficult this game, both psychologically and mentally for the players, considering how we lost the MTN8 final,” Tinkler told the club’s media department.

“And you could see the effects of that loss still at training on Monday, and even yesterday, so that was a big concern for us today leading into this game.

“And it was a tough game. We started fairly well, I thought the first 20 minutes we looked okay, but too many changes, I think we made five changes, three of them were forced. So there wasn’t really that continuity and consistency.

“And we struggled, we struggled against Chippa, we didn’t really create any chances to score. They’re a difficult team to play against, because they play very direct and look to play off the second balls, and a lot of crosses into your box.

“And it became a very, very ugly and cagey game for us. Made a change at halftime hoping that that change would get us going a little bit more, a little bit more fluidity in our play, a little bit more possession and look to create chances, but we didn’t even create one chance. Versus Sekhukhune, box entries thirty, and you lose one nil.

“Today, one shot on target one goal and you win the game. I’ll take that. I’ll take that and I think the team will take that because mentally and psychologically we needed this one, so I’m happy, I’m happy with the three points.

“So we’ll move on and forget about this one.”

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