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Middendorp Left Livid By Individual Errors

  • April 23, 2024
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Middendorp Left Livid By Individual Errors

Cape Town Spurs coach Ernst Middendorp rejects claims of misfortune after his side slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Sekhukhune United.

A stunning long-range strike from Asekho Tiwani sealed Spurs’ fate, leaving them even deeper in the relegation mire. The defeat extends Spurs’ winless run to six games and sees them languish in 16th place, eight points adrift of safety.

More concerning than the lack of wins is the pattern of individual errors that has plagued Spurs in recent matches. Middendorp, his frustration evident, slammed his team’s lapses in concentration.

“It’s frustrating and shocking,” the exasperated coach said. “These individual errors are putting us in terrible situations. It’s completely unnecessary.”

Middendorp dismissed any suggestion of bad luck, insisting that individual mistakes are to blame. He pointed to similar errors that cost Spurs points against Swallows, Mamelodi Sundowns, and Chippa United.

“It’s not bad luck, it’s another game with individual mistakes,” the coach asserted. “We saw it against Swallows at the end of the game, individual mistakes that led to the loss. We saw it against Mamelodi Sundowns before the penalty, where we didn’t clear the ball. We saw it against Chippa, and this weekend we made another unnecessary mistake.”

When asked about his plan to address these persistent errors, the coach emphasized the importance of focus, concentration, and maintaining intensity throughout the game. He highlighted specific examples where his players had faltered, such as a missed clearance in the dying moments against Sekhukhune and a defensive lapse during a set piece.

“It’s a question of concentration, focus, and maintaining focus throughout the game,” he explained. “It was a clear miskick, which means it’s not even an error. You can’t switch off like that as a player in the 89th minute. We had a three-on-one advantage, then we switched off and allowed them a chance. Against Chippa, it was a corner, and we switched off again.”

The onus is now on Spurs to rectify these shortcomings and turn their fortunes around if they are to avoid relegation. With time running out, addressing these individual errors could be the difference between survival and playing in the lower division next season.

Spurs’ next match is a crucial relegation battle against Richards Bay on Friday.

Picture courtesy of Cape Town Spurs

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