Maritzburg United head coach Eric Tinkler insists that it is crucial for his side to collect points in each of their remaining Absa Premiership matches left this season.
‘The Team of Choice’ have only managed to collect two points in their first three league game since the restart in the Bio Bubble as they suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Black Leopards, followed by a thrilling 2-2 draw against Mamelodi Sundowns as well as a 0-0 stalemate with Bidvest Wits on Monday.
Tinkler says his side has to step up their game in order to collect points to help them cement their place in the top eight.
“All our remaining games are tough; every single game right now is tough. Every point is gold because there are teams obviously fighting relegation,” said Tinkler.
“There are teams looking to try and get themselves into the top eight, certain teams that you thought were dead prior to lockdown, all of a sudden are there, Cape Town City have climbed the table, Stellenbosch have climbed as well, these teams have come from nowhere during the bubble and they have put a lot of pressure on the teams at the top, in the top eight.”
Tinkler has described Maritzburg’s next two matches against Highlands Park on Saturday and Orlando Pirates next Wednesday as “extremely tough”.
Maritzburg are sixth on the log standings with 41 points from their 27 matches.
“So we’ve got Highlands, and Highlands ‘ambition is also to finish in the top eight so that is going to be a tough game, then immediately after that, we have Pirates you know and Pirates I know they want to finish third, they want to try and get to CAF, so those two games are going to be extremely tough.
“I think is only our last game that potentially could be an easier game because it is Bloemfontein Celtic and is only three days before they have to play the Nedbank Cup final, so we need to ensure that we collect points as we want to finish in the top eight,” concluded Tinkler.
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