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Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
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23 Sep 2021
2:09 pm

Middedorp not happy with performance despite United victory

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

'It was definitely not a game from a soccer (point of view) you would want to watch again,' said the Maritzburg head coach.

Ernst Middendorp was pleased with the points, if not the performance. Picture: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix.

Maritzburg United might have got away with a win in their DStv Premiership clash with Marumo Gallants on Wednesday, but the Team of Choice head coach Ernst Middedorp was not pleased with his side’s display.

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Maritzburg got the winning goal late in the game at the Harry Gwala Stadium, courtesy of former French youth international Amadou Soukouna.

This saw the KwaZulu-Natal outfit register back to back wins having edged Baroka FC 1-0 in their previous match.

With only four games played, Middedorp believes the wins will help the team gain confidence as he tries to find the right combinations with a number of new players in his squad.

“It was definitely not a game from a soccer (point of view) you would want to watch again. The quality was not there in a way that we would want to see it,” said Middendorp.

“But I mentioned before the game that we have six new players in the line-up. You could see the connection is not there, the individual belief to provide a certain performance. I know I see the players at training and they do much better.

“But it’s good, this is what happens in soccer at the beginning of the season … it’s about collecting points. It’s about building confidence and going step by step. I think we played four games, two home and two away and in total we have six points, I think it’s a fantastic result.”

Maritzburg will be looking to make it three victories in a row when they travel to Tshwane for a meeting with SuperSport United on Saturday.