Ernst Middendorp rues result but takes positives from Kaizer Chiefs performance at Black Leopards


Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp was left disappointed with his side’s result against Black Leopards but took solace in their improved performance from the Baroka match.

Chiefs were held to a 1-1 draw by Leopards at the Thohoyandou Stadium, a result that subsequently saw them mathematically ruled out of the Absa Premiership race after Orlando Pirates stretched their lead at the top to 13 points over their Soweto rivals.

With just four games to go, Chiefs are only able to accumulate 12 more points should they win all their remaining league fixtures.

Focussing on his own team, however, Middendorp admitted they should have done much better in their decision-making and execution in the match but was pleased to see a positive response following their shock defeat at home to Baroka a week earlier.

“The result – I think we all saw the game – was definitely not satisfying. By half-time we already had a number of possibilities where we should have made better decisions,” said Middendorp.

“In the second-half, the final activities in the final third, definitely we know we can do better, and the result is definitely something we’re not happy with.

“But regarding the performance, after the last game – we have over 3-million followers on social media, so we can’t present ourselves the way we did against Baroka.

“Comparing that to this game, I saw a different attitude and mood since [Friday], when we arrived, and even when we warmed up, you could see what was coming.

“In the end, I feel a bit sorry that we didn’t really capitalise on our activities and actions at the end of the day to take home the three points.”

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