Ernst Middendorp describes draw Golden Arrows as painful

Ernst Middendorp
Ernst Middendorp

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp described the 1-1 draw with Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership clash at FNB Stadium as 'painful'.

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Chiefs hit the woodwork thrice and had a host of opportunities to kill the game but almost ended up on the losing side were it not for Kgotso Moleko's 77th-minute equalizer. And Middendorp was baffled that his side had only managed to take a point from the game.

"Painful to see the result of 1-1 in the end," Middendorp told Supersport TV.

"I don't know, two three times goalpost, crossbar, opportunities before we concede the goal. I don't know. It could have been 3-0, 4-0 with these opportunities we had jus to tap the ball in.

"I must say I'm not disappointed with the way we tried in the second half with quick ball circulation, with some better movement.

"It is disappointing that we didn't come through. I don't even remember them having a shot on target on our side. I probably could have done it without a goalkeeper. But it's nothing new. We had it against Baroka, against Pirates.

Middendorp admitted while his side were unlucky, they alos have themselves to blame for not being clinical enough in the final third.

"For example, Dumisani Zuma is a fantastic player but in the box if there is one man on your back, you don't need to pass back," said the Amakhosi mentor.

"You are in the box, turn around, left, right, and shoot. And that is what we consistently ask for. But we don't do it in a game."

The 60-year-old then accused Arrows of time-wasting.

"This result should have been very clear to our advantage. But compliments to Golden Arrows. They co-operated quite well. Time was definitely a parameter they worked with," said Middendorp.

When asked about his double substitution with 20 minutes to go, Middendorp explained it was simply about trying to bring another dynamic in to the game.

"You try, Joseph has a good impression, he's a wing player," said the German tactician.

"You are hopefully waiting a one-on-one, a cutback in to the box. He looked good in training, so I thought why not give him 20 minutes.

"Dax ran 14 kilometres against Chippa, so you could see from the start the freshness wasn't there, decision making was not right, the final shot, the final pass. It didn't come how it should be. you try with making changes to bring another dynamic. But yes, in the end, it was just 1-1."

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