Ernst Middendorp remains defiant following Cape Town Spurs setback

Ernst Middendorp remains defiant following Cape Town Spurs setback

Cape Town Spurs coach Ernst Middendorp told his young players to buckle up for the fight of their lives after their setback against Moroka Swallows on Sunday.

The Urban Warriors were hoping to continue their purple patch and climb up the DStv Premiership table, but a late goal from Gabadinho Mhango gave The Dube Birds maximum points – leaving the hosts still rooted to the bottom of the log. 

Middendorp says they knew going into the fixture it could go either way. 

"We know we have a young team, this type of game is very difficult foreach and every team, not only for us, but for a younger team it's even more difficult," said Middendorp.

"For a team that we saw in Polokwane, Sekhukhune United winning [against Orlando Pirates] – it's different. It's difficult to get through when you have a low block and they do well, they have experienced players and they know what to do in this direction.

"So good, let's now regroup and address it in a proper way, knowing that it [fate] will not be decided on Wednesday or next week, in the beginning of April."

Spurs can immediately bounce back on Wednesday when they face 14th-placed Chippa United in Gqeberha, and Middendorp expects improvement. 

"We know what we are capable of, we know our strengths in a transition game or strengths in progressing, passing in alignment with progressive runs – we know it, we have the pace, we have the structure for it," he added.

"We definitely have a certain identity and, okay, we know it's a different game, it's a home game for Chippa, so in this direction we'll see."

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