Time needed to fix Maritzburg United shortcomings: Tinkler

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Maritzburg United beleaguered coach Eric Tinkler was very upset after his team conceded a last-minute goal to lose 2-1 against Mamelodi Sundowns in a league match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville on Saturday.

Maritzburg are languishing in 15th spot after failing to win a single match in five matches. Tinkler says he will talk to his players but not use a strong language.

Maritzburg scored their goal through a corner kick that was converted by defender Siyanda Xulu.

Tinkler says he needs time to fix the shortcomings and also said his team relied on set pieces to score against Sundowns.

The ‘Team of Choice’ signed 12 new players in the offseason to bolster the team including on-loan Sundowns striker Jeremy Brockie.

They lost key players Siphesihle Ndlovu and Fortune Makaringe to Orlando Pirates. Tinkler says new players are still to adjust to their style of player.

Maritzburg survived relegation by a whisker last season. They finished 15th on the log and went on to play in the promotion/relegation play-off.

Tinkler says they do not want to fight against relegation again. – Report by Vincent Sitsula