Ernst: Pirates made it difficult for us

Telkom Knockout

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp claims ten-man Orlando Pirates made things difficult for his charges in their Telkom Knockout quarter-final.

Chiefs edged Rhulani Mokwena's troops 4-2 on penalties after it finished 2-2 draw in extra-time, although the Buccaneers played with ten men from early in the second stanza after Mthokozisi Dube was sent off

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"Ja, fantastic event, quite entertaining, stretched to what is possible, what is necessary, I think we have to notify that Pirates made it difficult for us, even in a tactical way, working with Lorch and Mhango upfront, we had trouble despite [being] one man more but good, we had to come back from 0-1 to take a little bit of a risk here and there," Middendorp told SuperSport TV.

"But that'show it is, this derby character is always specific if you're man short, one man more but of course, compliment to the guys, we're happy to go to the next round," he went on to explain his tactical changes that brought back from 1-0 down.

"We took more or less a full-back out [Blom] and put in an attacking player [Bernard Parker] into the right-back, we took Willard Katsande out from the defensive side and brought in an attacking Dumisani Zuma at half-time more or less but it's necessary, don't wait, when we did [attack] we had a number of waves, we scored this goal when we had other opportunities but good, that's why I say Pirates found solutions despite having one man less. I think this is something where the technical team comes in, compliment to the guys, it was very difficult for us.

"This is definitely something, the confidence, with ten games, cup games being successful, the confidence is in the faces of the guys, the mindset. To play one critical side in this modern game is the mindset, it's the little details that are crucial for the outcome and at certain moments you need this confidence we worked on over a period of three-four months, good it comes to place when you're in the penalty-shoot outs."