Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler looking to avoid defeat in final stretch

Eric Tinkler
Eric Tinkler

Maritzburg United coach Eric Tinkler says there is no more time for defeats in their last four matches as they fight for their lives.

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The Team of Choice are hosting title favourites Orlando Pirates in their next game on Wednesday at Harry Gwala Stadium, and Tinkler will be looking for maximum points for a much-needed morale-boost before their last three matches.
"The wins are more important than anything right now," said Tinkler. "We can beat Pirates, in fact any team is beatable this season, we've seen it so many times, we just have to apply the right attitude towards them.

"We need to create and score. Our principal aim right now is to score even if we win by 5-4 it will help us because we need three points more than anything."

The coach was then asked if there is still belief in the squad, and whether he still believes they can survive.

"I always believe. As a coach I do believe we can survive, we just need to keep on fighting till the end. We have four cup finals left and that's how we look at our remaining matches."

During this time of the season, many teams start approaching players to join them for the next season, and Tinkler was asked if he is not worried that some of his players might be getting those calls already.

"Of course we can expect that, I've experienced it as a player and as a club. We've discussed that with players. I believe if it has already started they will be professional and save this club."