Ernst surprised by MOTM selection


Kaizer Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp claims it was interesting to see a Black Leopards defender being awarded Man of the Match.

Chiefs got an early opener through Samir Nurkovic but they were pegged back by Mogakolodi Ngele's equaliser just after the half-hour mark as the two sides settled for a share of the spoils on Saturday afternoon.

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"This is the reason not to be happy about, picking a point or something like this. We wanted three. During the game more and more we pushed, we tried the field is not really allowing to plus a triangle, a diamond through the midfield," Middendorp told SuperSport TV.

"Ja it took it's own dimension, anyway it's just definitely something where the opponent's half was a clearance zone, the balls were flying left and right.

"Very interesting to select a defender [as Man of the Match], we have seen the performance over 90 minutes...compliment err, okay let's stick to it, good. We're a bit disappointed, there's no doubt about it.

"We wanted three points, I think with a bit of more concentration in particular after we scored, at 1-0 we allowed them to come at us a little bit, overloading, left and right, we were not really sorted. Good, we corrected it at half-time, anyway, we take it, but disappointment absolutely at this moment here around."

The German tactician went on to explain the reason behind his substitutions in the second stanza and why Kearyn Baccus was not named in the starting line-up.

"As I said before, you have players who have not been around this area, Baccus is normally a first XI player, Samir [Nurkovic] hasn't been here too and you could see, the fear to handle the environment, to handle the heat.

"I thought okay let me start with one who doesn't know anything about it here and then during the game bring Kearyn and some other guys in, good normally it works and the was time enough to put it in place. We always say we don't only have 11 players, we have 12, 13, 14 belonging to our first choice, give us some options and that's it," he added.