Middendorp on Wits' late win against Chiefs: If it has to be my fault, I'll take it

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

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp admits the shocking 1-0 defeat to Bidvest Wits on Sunday was a disaster for the title chasers.

Amakhosi created numerous scoring opportunities throughout the game at FNB Stadium, including a point-blank miss from striker Samir Nurkovic, and dominated long periods of play but couldn't find the back of the net.

In stoppage-time Wits punished the Glamour Boys' profligacy as Bienvenu Eva Nga scored the winner against the run of play, leaving Middendorp gobsmacked.

"I don't agree, it was not a disappointing game, the mentality, it's not the greatest football but what we're talking about is a disaster result," a deflated Middendorp told SuperSport TV after the game.

"If you see the 90 minutes, the effort brought in by the players, by the team...

"I don't know actually, of course, that one will be again the coach is in charge but the number of possibilities...Good, if it has to be it's my fault, I take it.

"But I think the mentality of the players was very good, they were really fighting the full 98 minutes.

"The chances were there to make it 1-0, 2-0, 3-0 and of course, that's a bit of...I don't know how, at the end of the day, through the centre [Samir Nurkovic missing a sitter], that's of course something we have to face, not really acceptable.

"But we have to, two games to go of course we have to hope something will come out of the games, starting already to see what is happening at 6 o'clock, what will happen in the next two games.

"I personally hope we can put the players into the right mentality towards the next game, in particular, Chippa [United] on the second we will try again, we will go again all out, try to score, try to win this game, it depends now on Sundowns."

Fortunately for Chiefs, Sundowns were also dealt a surprise defeat later on as Baroka FC beat them 1-0.

- TEAMtalk media

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