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Middendorp: It Was Much Better

Bloemfontein Celtic coach Ernst Middendorp felt his side produced a better performance against Orlando Pirates in their second league match than their first against Black Aces.

Celtic twice took the lead in an Absa Premiership match against the Buccaneers on Wednesday night before being pegged back to a 2-2 draw.

The Phunya Sele Sele also played to a draw (1-1)in their first league game against Black Aces this past Sunday, but Middendorp felt his team were better on Wednesday, still not at their best, but better.

“It was a much better performance (than our last game against Aces) despite the outcome, but some players, without mentioning names, are still underperforming,” said the Celtic coach.

“We are definitely not at our best.”

Middendorp also bemoaned Pirates’ approach to the game which he felt saw them making dangerous tackles in the midfield.

“The tactical approach from the opponent’s side is to break us down and commit a lot of tactical fouls in the middle to take something out of us – the referees need to have a look into it please,” added Middendorp.

“We played against Champions League finalists. We started well, but we lost a little bit of possession towards the end of the first half and it was not good enough.

“Then we took the lead again and we should have not conceded the goal for 2-2.”

The Celtic coach concluded in high spirits by saying his team could beat any other team this season.

“We are challenging, we can win at home, we can win away, it doesn’t matter which team we are playing as long as our players put the best in,” said Middendorp.

“I am convinced we will have a good season.”

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