Absa Premiership

Middendorp: We conceded from our own mistakes

2019-07-29 08:09
Ernst Middendorp
Ernst Middendorp (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp believes his side's finishing let them down in the 2-0 Carling Black Label Cup defeat to Orlando Pirates.

Amakhosi squandered chance after chance, with new signing Lazarous Kambole particularly guilty in this regard. The Zambian international missed an absolute sitter in the first half, somehow managing to side-foot the ball over the bar from point-blank range.

Indeed, Chiefs had more attempts on goal and more clear-cut opportunities than Pirates but ultimately the difference was that the Buccanneers took their chances, while the Glamour Boys did not.

"The result is definitely not the one we were looking for," the Amakhosi coach told SuperSport TV.

"We had the opportunities to score at least two goals. And the goals we conceded were from our own mistakes."

Despite suffering defeats to Township Rollers and Pirates in pre-season, Middendorp insists Chiefs have had a good season.

"We have had a good pre-season," said Middendorp.

"We worked hard, we challenged the players around the clock over these four weeks. I think overall the cohesion is quite good. Much better than before. That showed on the performance side today. The players will learn from this and do better next time.

"We definitely will try to find the core, from the goalkeeper to the centre-back position. We will work hard in the last days of pre-season to work on our setup before the Highlands Park game."

Chiefs open their Absa Premiership campaign with a trip to face Highlands Park at Makhulong Stadium on Sunday, August 4.

 

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