Ernst Middendorp: Kaizer Chiefs' leaky defence has to improve

The Amakhosi coach was pleased with the win over the Lions of the North in Durban

Despite securing maximum points in their five-goal thriller against Highlands Park, Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp remains unhappy with his troops.

The German mentor has lamented the team's poor defence against the Lions of the North in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) clash which Chiefs won 3-2 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

“I said it before that we must give a huge compliment to Highlands Park. It’s absolutely nothing from the 50s, 60 or 80s the opponents were talking about," Middendorp told SuperSport TV.

“It’s a high profile tactical concept and is Bidvest Wits, us and Orlando Pirates and were very clear about it to say let’s fight through and please understand it and except it,” he reacted.

“But we are very happy because we forced ourselves to the three points in particular with some changes in the second half,” added the coach.

Amakhosi have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last five league matches - conceding seven goals in the process.

“We used the first 10 minutes with confusion on the other side to get the advantage. We have to look into our two goals, we conceded. Obviously, we can do much better," Middendorp told the broadcaster.

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 “It’s a little bit excitement what we producing right now, we get 1-0 and then five minutes later we conceded on the goal-line and I don’t know the clearance on the second goal we conceded but we can do better too,” he responded.

“We know it, at this moment we are not very confident. At this moment, it doesn’t matter which team we are playing, we have to fight through and the next step will be to play much better and through,” concluded the coach.

Up next for Chiefs is a clash against Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium next weekend.