Absa Premiership

Middendorp lashes out at Vries after howler

2019-01-31 07:59
Virgil Vries
Virgil Vries (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp has lashed out at goalkeeper Virgil Vries who committed another costly error in a 1-0 defeat to Cape Town City on Wednesday.

As it happened: Kaizer Chiefs 0-1 Cape Town City

Despite dominating most Wednesday's Absa Premiership encounter - with a number of chances to falling striker Khama Billiat in the first-half - Chiefs were left empty-handed after a mistake by Vries in the 78th minute was punished by the away side.

Middendorp failed to hide his disappointment at the manner of defeat in a post-match interview saying it was unacceptable to concede such a soft goal.

"Conceding a goal like this is definitely not acceptable," Middendorp said. "It happened against Sundowns (defeat after a Vries error) where it was unbelievable to lose that game and now again it happened and again it's unbelievable to lose here.

"We have this goalkeeping issue, but on the other side of the pitch we failed to take our chances."

The 29-year-old goalkeeper, who has been drafted in to replace the injured Itumeleng Khune said that he wouldn't allow the error to affect him too much and would learn from the incident.

"It's not just me who plays alone," He said. "We play as a team and these things happen but I need to reflect on my mistakes and in times like these I just need to keep on smiling."

"But also we could have taken the game with the chances we had in the first-half."


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