Ernst downplays finishing challenges

Chiefs have found it tough to capitalise on their chances of late, which has been further proven by their recent Nedbank Cup fixtures against minnows Tornado FC and The Magic FC.

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In both fixtures which would ordinarily be considered rather easy against the amateur sides, Amakhosi were forced to exert themselves throughout regulation time before eventually sealing victory in extra-time.

Furthermore, their recent Absa Premiership defeat to Cape Town City and draw with Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates, saw the team score just one goal over those 180 minutes.

But, asked whether this was beginning to frustrate him, the German tactician insisted that there is no room for fury in his job and, though they work on this particular area during training, it can never truly be executed in the same manner without the presence of supporters.

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“When you work as a coach, your friend is not frustration. There’s a very clear understanding of coaching a team, it means never give up, work on it and replicate situations in training,” said Middendorp.

“It’s been looking a bit better, but [in training] you cannot produce a game-related situation where there are supporters’ expectations and so forth.

“And we know that certain players can do better in terms of finishing, but for me it’s not frustrating. I actually don’t think it’s the right word coaches should work with.”

The Glamour Boys next visit Polokwane City on Saturday (15h30) as they turn their attention back to league action and look to reestablish their title chase.

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