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Ernst Middendorp: 'Maritzburg United not at the desired level'

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Ernst Middendorp (Gallo Images)
Ernst Middendorp (Gallo Images)

Maritzburg United boss Ernst Middendorp says his side is struggling as a result of their hectic Premiership schedule.

Clubs are playing midweek and weekend games this season in a bid to make up for lost time following last term's extended campaign as a result of the coronavirus.

The Team of Choice are without a point or a goal from their past three games, including a 0-0 draw with AmaZulu, 3-0 loss to TS Galaxy and 1-0 defeat to Orlando Pirates last time out.

Martizburg head into Saturday's league clash with Golden Arrows in 14 place with just nine points from 13 games.

Middendorp said in the Sowetan: "We were not competitive in the first half. I think it was a bit surprising for me.

"Several players at the moment are not on the level where they can be. I don’t know if it is something that the pressure is on the back now for the third game in six days.

"It is the changes going into the second half, where we were competitive. We had our better dominance [but] our options [were] not 100% in a big level, but I believe that if we had shown a little bit more drive in the final third in terms of decision making, we could have scored."

Middendorp added: "We a have a full week to recover. Of course, we have some knocks and some players out with injuries, and we have to see what possible particular circumstances it is important that we get into the week in front of us and see what we have."

- TEAMtalk media

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Tue 20 Apr 21 17:00 PM (SAST)
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Maritzburg United
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AmaZulu
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Orlando Pirates 2
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P
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PTS
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13
46
2. AmaZulu
22
11
40
3. Golden Arrows
22
9
38
4. Orlando Pirates
22
10
38