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Middendorp On Title Race Turning Point

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has given a breakdown of his side’s 2-1 defeat at home against Maritzburg United, saying it was a difficult result to process.

Amakhosi’s Absa Premiership title hopes took a dent at the weekend when they were beaten in their own backyard and wins for second placed Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns, the reigning champions who are now currently third, have now added more pressure and reduced the gap to just six points at the summit.  

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“It’s definitely difficult to process this result – at half time already there were 13 to zero goal attempts. Two excellent shots, but nothing to say about it and then you are 2-0 down after you had opportunities to be far ahead. We were too casual,” Middendorp told reporters.

The German argued his men failed to take advantage of the opposition while they were vulnerable in the first half.

“We haven’t used our opportunities and we didn’t have the drive to kill the moment. We are aware it was a difficult game, it’s not new that they were sitting deep and waiting. We had not allowed the counter moments like we did in the semifinal (of the Telkom Knockout cup) or in the last game in December, I think we were quite organised in terms of our attacking moments. Our attack could have been better, but it was not a game where we can say it was a poor performance,” the coach added.

“The goal that they scored to go 1-0 up in the semi-final game in Nelspruit was a huge mistake. The goal they scored in Maritzburg in December was from a huge mistake. And I think we did it again – providing a nice casual moment, and we had a confusing three or four minutes and we were 2-0 down. We must learn that at a certain time we have to minimise making mistakes in such a game because you make it difficult. We are of course disappointed. They had an excellent goalkeeping moment. I think Richard Ofori was the man of the match.”  

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