Ernst Middendorp bemoans Kaizer Chiefs' invidual mistakes

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Ernst Middendorp
Ernst Middendorp

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp bemoaned yet another 'costly mistake' at the back following the 1-1 draw with Free State Stars.

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Sibusiso Hlubi's strike was cancelled out by Daniel Cardoso's penalty as the Soweto giants drew 1-1 with Ea Lla Koto on Saturday afternoon.

Stars' opener came about after a mix-up in the Chiefs defence, which did not please the German-born tactician.

“The result is not good, we have not achieved what we want. I’m looking at the performance and we always start [to play] at a certain time, panicking, erratic, making individual mistakes,” Middendorp told SuperSport TV.

“If you really look at it, we had Lebogang Manyama for only 20 minutes, with 70 percent of physical capacity. We have a number of players not at their best, you have to look at it and work on it to get it right from week to week,” he continued.

“The games are going the same way, the usual costly mistakes at the back; a short [back] pass and it’s 1-0. Good, I think the referees are another discussion. They should have given us the penalty, first half on Khama Billiat. He didn’t and this one he gave and perhaps he shouldn’t have given it. It’s a little bit confusing for everyone. I think there were decisions where we should all look again and ask is this the right standard?

“But it’s not to blame for from our side, we have to do better and do right in the near future,” he said.