Amakhosi were hoping to return to winning ways in the Premier Soccer League (PSL), but could not find the back of the net at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium.
“We had a wonderful effective start, 1-0 and I think there were other two moments and a penalty coming through. We had opportunities inside the box but we got a little bit disturbed,” Middendorp said to SuperSport TV.
In their previous two league matches, Amakhosi succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Cape Town City and drew 1-1 with Orlando Pirates. Chiefs were also hoping to avenge their first-round loss to Rise and Shine.
Although they opened the scoring through Daniel Cardoso’s penalty, a blunder by goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi courtesy of a shot by Walter Musona’s shot saw Jozef Vukusic’s men share the spoils, leaving the German mentor frustrated.
“After we conceded at 1-1, in the closing minutes we pushed again,” he added.
“In the second half, you can see, you get long balls kicked over 50 meters and you have to start again. You get kicked 50 meter balls, you have to start again,” reacted Middendorp.
“I think that’s the story of the second half, we have not been able (to go through) against a block of seven or eight players around the box to keep calm and do the right stuff,” continued the coach.
“We had half opportunities, with headers here inside the box but good goalkeeping on the other end and you end up with 1-1. I think that’s definitely not reflecting the game,” he concluded.
Moreover, the Soweto giants will now look to beat Highlands Park next weekend at home following a goalless draw in the first round at Makhulong Stadium.
In addition, the draw leaves the Naturena-based outfit sitting at number six with 29 points from 21 games and they will be hoping to beat the Lions of the North next weekend at Moses Mabhida Stadium.