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Ernst Middendorp on facing Kaizer Chiefs: 'We have to take points again'

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

Maritzburg United coach Ernst Middendorp wants his side to keep up the momentum when they host Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday after picking up four points in their last two matches.

The Team of Choice beat Black Leopards 1-0 last week before playing to a 1-1 draw away at Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday.

In the weekend's clash with Celtic, Thabiso Kutumela gave Maritzburg the lead on the stroke of half-time but Menzi Ndwandwe equalised in the 71st minute for a share of the spoils.

And Middendorp was happy with the point and the fighting spirit shown by his charges over the 90 minutes especially given they were without a large number of experienced first-time players.

"Definitely, for us the point is a huge value. We put in a good fight over the 90 minutes. Not a football game you would like to see again and again but at the moment it is all about picking up points," Middendorp told the club media department after the game.

"Keeping up a goal difference and when we were leading 1-0, there was a moment where I thought we could have done more in our counter to finish in the final third. But we conceded a goal in such a moment whereby we were a little bit shaky, but on the other side, we have to realise that most of our experienced players were not around.

"We relied on young players to do the job and it was a valuable point for us considering all that. We closed the book and we are preparing for our next game on Wednesday [against Kaizer Chiefs]."

Maritzburg are three points adrift of safety in second-last position and are desperate for more points when they clash with Chiefs, having won 2-0 the last time the sides met in January through a brace from Judas Moseamedi.

"It is good to see that we have energy and other dynamics on the field from each and everybody contributing to the team performance," said Middendorp.

"I think so far we’ve picked four points in two matches, and this is a good start, and next game coming on Wednesday, we have to take points again."

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