Chippa coach Eric Tinkler explains why he took gesturing Mark Mayambela off the pitch

Mayambela’s substitution came in a first half where Tinkler was not happy with his team’s performance overall.

“We had planned to press Pirates‚” Chippa’s coach said.

“We expected them to play in a 3-4-3 or a 3-5-2 formation‚ which they changed.

“But we have played against other teams who have played in a 4-3-3. So the whole plan was to look to press them and we didn’t do that in the first half.

“Both Kurt Lentjies and Ruzaigh Gamildien were looking to press onto their centrebacks. It was too easy for Pirates to get the ball to Musa Nyatama.

“And then they started coming at us and turning us‚ and creating little spaces in-between the lines. Which was something we practised and we allowed that to happen in the first half.

“I thought in that first half we looked like we were playing with fear.

“So obviously we had to make changes at half time. And I thought the second half was a vast improvement. We made better decisions on the ball and our pressing was a lot better.

“How we conceded the goal was a bit disappointing‚ being beaten at the near post. But the way the team reacted was extremely positive.

“We got into the right areas but players have to understand that in those areas you have less time. And we wanted too many touches in those areas.

“But overall the second-half performance was good‚ first half not great.”

Pirates took the lead in a period where the teams were matching each other chance for chance‚ when Xola Mlambo was fed into space on the right and cut back for substitute Vincent Pule to finish at the near post.

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