Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp admits it was
disappointing to draw against Maritzburg United on Sunday, but he is satisfied
with their seven-point lead.
Amakhosi scored first at Harry Gwala Stadium as Lebogang
Manyama found the back of the net, but Judas Moseamedi once again put Chiefs to
the sword as he equalised before the break and the two sides remained locked at
1-1 until the end of the Absa Premiership tie.
The draw sees Chiefs' lead at the top of the standings cut
down to seven points, but Middendorp is still happy to take that lead into the
second half of the campaign.
"In general for a lot of us it was irritating, we had a
very good start, 20 - 25 minutes, we deserved fully the 1-0, must score with
the second chance from George (Maluleka), I don't know actually, he must make
it 2-0," Middendorp told SuperSport TV.
"With this goal we conceded, provided bringing the
opponent back into the game, yeah we lost it in the remaining game time, the
connection, the structure, absolutely, in the end, we won a point."
"We have to look into it, it is not unusual, sometimes
you watch players work good in the week preparing a game like this and then
making mistakes, experienced players in a number where you definitely ask
yourself what's happening? What's going on?
"But good, it has happened, we won a point, we take it,
seven-point in front at the time of the end of the first-half of the season and
I think it's a good structure to start again in 2020."
On the team's schedule over the festive period, Middendorp
added: "A short one (break), three days, we start on the 27th (of December) preparing our game and of course hopefully everybody is available on the 4th of
January (against SuperSport United) and full spirit, yeah let's start
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