Absa Premiership

Middendorp sees room for improvement despite win

2020-01-13 09:10
Ernst Middendorp
Ernst Middendorp (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp admits his team didn't put in a top-quality performance against Cape Town City despite their 3-0 victory at FNB Stadium.

Amakhosi took an early lead on Sunday thanks to Leonardo Castro's opener but then struggled to find their rhythm before finally putting the game to bed after the hour mark with goals from Samir Nurkovic and Eric Mathoho.

Middendorp was pleased to collect three points, to open up a nine-point lead at the top of the table but lamented his team's selfish tendencies in front of goal.

"I think this was not a game of excellence but it was the third game in seven days and under the circumstances, I believe we have shown a certain character out of managing the game in the right moments and to score and make it happen," Middendorp told SuperSport TV.

"There was not a lot of doubt we had to make sure the opponent doesn't come even close.

"Of course, let me mention, it was a bit selfish of us as everybody wanted to score and we had four against three moments. We will discuss it internally, in the end, to get three points out of three games now with a start to 2020 - I think compliments to each and everybody."

Middendorp made two changes at half-time, bringing on Happy Mashiane and Dumisani Zuma for Kearyn Baccus and Leonardo Castro, which seemed to have a positive impact on the game.

"We wanted to overload their left side a little bit and we wanted the stretch them a little bit," he added.

"We really executed it but there should be runs from (Siphosakhe) Ntiya-Ntiya but so far it was just about to look to Leonardo, having heavy legs of course. With Kearyn, we wanted to bring two fresh legs."

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