Middendorp says Swallows lost concentration

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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 03:   Swallows FC coach Ernst Middendrop during the DStv Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Swallows FC at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on January 03, 2023 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 03: Swallows FC coach Ernst Middendrop during the DStv Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Swallows FC at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on January 03, 2023 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Swallows FC coach Ernst Middendorp says his side simply lost concentration after 60 minutes against Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Dube Birds played four days ago in the KwaZulu-Natal province against Richards Bay FC and lost 1-0 thus the German bemoaned the days afforded to prepare for Masandawana.

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“I said it before the game it’s one day less recovery, you can see the 60-65th minute its always something. The details you not pressuring the ball anymore, you lose a little bit the concept that all of a sudden you get pulled out,” Middendorp told SuperSport TV.

“You not having a reference point the ball and own teammate. But good we had some possibilities some free-kick situation the first half. A free-kick – (Mwape) Musonda he could’ve probably put it in. We had a crossbar shot, we had another possibility.

“But the basic - the fundamentals was defensive concept with a very clear understanding about not to open the spaces so far but we could see the concentration we got a little bit loose after 60 minutes and ja …it happens and basically you not coming back."

The Dube Birds, who are second-bottom and two points off the basement boys Maritzburg United, play host to Chippa United on Friday evening and will look for their first win under Middendorp.

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