Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler has explained that his side should have made their lives easier in advancing to the semifinals of the Telkom Knockout on Saturday.
The Citizens defeated Baroka FC 4-3 after extra time at the Peter Mokaba Stadium to be the first team into the penultimate stage of the competition.
While it was a famous and thrilling win for the Cape side – secured by a 115th minute goal from Sibusiso Masina – Tinkler believes his team should have taken full advantage of their early dominance and killed off the game inside regulation time.
City led by two goals after just 20 minutes and appeared to be well in charge, but allowed Baroka to come from 0-2 and 2-3 down to take the game to extra time.
« In the first 25 minutes we should have wrapped it up, to be honest, we should have had at least three goals, » Tinkler told SuperSport cameras after the match.
« We had a ball through with Majoro, where I felt he could have done a bit better, and I thought we had a penalty shout also in the first half.
« Then we let ourselves down right in the dying minutes of the half from a set-piece, which we should never have given away in the first place – it was a silly foul.
« They got the goal and it put us under pressure, [because] 2-1 is not a comfortable scoreline. I warned the players at half-time that the first 15 minutes were key and they [Baroka] scored in the first 13 minutes.
He added: « It then became a scrap; we got the lead again then we defended poorly and lost the lead, and then right in the death we got the winner.
« Entertaining for the fans – before [the game] I spoke about the heat, and I think the game was ‘hot’ for the fans but not for us. »