The two Soweto giants shared the spoils in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) encounter on Saturday afternoon as Thembinkosi Lorch's strike with 10 minutes to go cancelled out Daniel Cardoso's penalty which put Amakhosi ahead.
“Yeah we had a goal and the game was clear to our advantage, we wanted to score the second goal and we had chances, then we were punished,” Middendorp told SuperSport TV.
“It’s definitely a result we cannot be pleased with. I didn’t change at half-time, but we changed when we were leading 1-0,” he responded.
“We had to bring in (Willard) Katsande and then we kept our structure, it was the same. It was just a change of the young guy (Happy Mashiane) and brought in Philani Zulu, it’s just an experience for him at his age,” said the coach.
“We saw he was going losing concentration a little bit more, I could see. But what I am thinking is that we had our goalkeeper sitting down and the defender but the referees allowed the game to continue, that is something we are not happy about,” he added.
“No, no it was definitely (result) not a reflection of the game, where we are coming from and reflecting now on the changes in the team and with the young players we have introduced, playing against a Champions League team, I expected a bit more, having a goal and drive, then we deserve to win. At least with a 2-1 win then we should say we deserved it,” the German coach expressed..
Meanwhile, the Buccaneers mentor Milutin Sredojevic welcomed the point as Pirates remain third on the PSL log table and now turn their focus on to their Caf Champions League match on Tuesday in Tunisia.
“It was a competitive match from the start and we have not been doing well in terms of being pressed, to come out and later on we came in the game and had our own chances,” Sredojevic said.
“We did not give up when we were brought down, we showed character. We scored that goal and we could have scored more, I think it was not meant to be because we wanted to win, we gave everything, however, we have to pick up the pieces and look forward,” he added.
“Mpho Makola has Derby experience and he has proven, together with Ben Motshwari to deploy more attack in the opponent’s half,” said the Serbian.
“He was exactly there to help with his experience and lead the game in the right direction as we were looking for an equalising goal and looking for a winning goal,” he responded.
In addition, ‘Micho’ gave credit to the Naturena-based club for their display following two successive losses in all competitions to Pirates this season.
“I need to give credit to the opponent for a good game, they were extremely motivated with the losing streak of last year, and the Wiseman Meyiwa factor whom we wish a speedy recovery, that injected some motivation in the opponent,” he reacted.
“But we can show our commitment to the supporters, for the badge, the institution, the jersey in the best possible way that we can really die on the field and football gave us an equalising goal, but it was not meant to be,” concluded the former Uganda coach.