Middendorp ecstatic after win

2014-04-22 12:38
Ernst Middendorp (File)

Johannesburg - Bloemfontein Celtic coach Ernst Middendorp hailed his charges' resolve and character as they held on to beat Orlando Pirates 1-0 in a Premiership match at the Free State Stadium on Monday.

Celtic were less fancied to come out with a result after they had gone through a three-match winless run and also taking on a resourceful, as well as highly experienced, Pirates team.

The Free State side are sixth on the Premiership log, equal with Pirates and Black Aces on 40 points.

"Let's be honest, with this budget and capacity here in Bloemfontein, to have the same points as Pirates and one point behind a team like SuperSport is unbelievable," Middendorp said.

"I think their budget is four or five times higher than ours and this is just incredible. I can't believe it either. I will make a copy of this league table for each and every room."

The Siwelele coach believed his charges could have scored more goals had it not been for wrong offside calls and poor movement in the final third.

"The only thing I can complain about is that we have to be a little smarter in our attacking movements not easily into the offside positions. I am doubting some [offside calls] but we have to work on it.

"I think it's a result of a fantastic individual work rate and the team as a whole."

Orlando Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic blamed the loss on a poor showing in the first half and lack of chances for his pair of strikers up front.

"From the first 45, there was just nothing for us, it was a bad first half," said Vermezovic.

"The second half was much better but we couldn't score. We played two strikers in the first and second half but they didn't shoot at goal.

"The second half was what I want from the players, in the first half they were too slow."

Vermezovic started with Thamsanqa Gabuza alongside Helder Pelembe up front, and in the second half he introduced Lennox Bacela and Kermit Erasmus, but Celtic denied them chances.

Vermezovic rued the absence of experienced and key players due to injuries and suspension.

"Oupa Manyisa is a very important player for us and also Happy Jele," he said.


Blind set to join Man Utd

18 minutes ago


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

30 August 2014
Free State Stars v Maritzburg United, Goble Park 15:00
Polokwane City v Orlando Pirates, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Kaizer Chiefs v SuperSport United, FNB Stadium 20:15
Black Aces v University of Pretoria, Mbombela Stadium 20:15
31 August 2014
Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu, Loftus Stadium 15:00
Platinum Stars v Bloemfontein Celtic, Royal Bafokeng Stadium 15:00
13 September 2014
Kaizer Chiefs v University of Pretoria, FNB Stadium 15:00
Maritzburg United v Black Aces, Harry Gwala Stadium 15:00
SuperSport United v Platinum Stars, Lucas Moripe Stadium 18:00
Polokwane City v AmaZulu, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 18:00
Ajax Cape Town v Free State Stars, Athlone Stadium 20:15
Orlando Pirates v Wits, Orlando Stadium 20:15
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their Absa Premiership title in the 2014/15 season?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.