Ernst left frustrated by Chiefs' start


Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp was left frustrated by his side's 'slow' start to the encounter against Bloemfontein Celtic.

Chiefs' struggles in the Absa Premiership continue after falling to a 1-0 defeat to Celtic at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday night.

The defeat left the side in seventh place and they are not guaranteed top-eight finish, with Highlands Park only outside of the top eight by three points while Celtic grabbed eighth place with victory.

“It’s always the same [slow start], Baroka, Golden Arrows and now Bloemfontein Celtic. We start slow, we start [with] arrogance and not with the right dynamic and not the right attitude,” Middendorp told SuperSport TV.

“We mentioned it. We highlighted it and you’re 1-0 down, the opponent closes the door and we don’t find the key in the final third. It’s as simple as that, it’s not easy. It happens again and again. We have to ask ourselves what are we doing in the beginning.”

“It’s not too late, start with the right approach. Players with experience start [playing] when we’re 1-0 down. The opponent closed down, that makes really difficult for any team that doesn’t have the key in the final third. It’s not new, since the beginning of the season. But good we start again next week.

“It’s not a secret, we need points. We have to do better, very clear,” he said.