Absa Premiership

Middendorp: At the moment there are some irritations

2019-02-25 11:08
Ernst Middendorp
Ernst Middendorp (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has defended his side's recent winless run in the Absa Premiership following a disappointing 1-1 draw with Polokwane City at the weekend.

Amakhosi were held by Rise and Shine at Peter Mokaba Stadium as Walter Musona scored in the 21st minute to cancel out Daniel Cardoso's 15th-minute penalty.

Saturday's result stretched their winless run in the league to three games, and the Soweto giants are now nine points behind league leaders Bidvest Wits after 21 games.

While he admits there have been "some irritations", Middendorp insists he is putting together what he feels is a team that should win games.

"I will not refer to any past [results] - whatever," Middendorp is quoted as saying by KickOff website.

"We are going into [matches] to produce a team to be successful and to win the games.

"At the moment there are some irritations, but you've seen our games against Cape Town City, Mamelodi Sundowns and today [Saturday] - I don't know, I'll leave it to you [to judge] from what you have seen.

"We've produced a certain structure, and there are a lot of players that are at the moment doing well and coming back into the team from injuries.

"But, of course, our ambition was very clear - what we documented today, we documented against Cape Town City and against other teams.

"We definitely move forward, and at any time we have more than two strikers on the field. You saw what happened at the end of the game, we hadn't found the key [to scoring more goals].

"But I think other teams are the same, we're lacking probably a little bit in terms of collecting points from the past to be in a better position.

"We know we had to win to come close to it [challenging in the log leaders], unfortunately we didn't."

Next up for Chiefs is a clash with Highlands Park at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday evening.

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