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Ernst Middendorp Lauds Maritzburg United’s Draw Against The Buccaneers!

Ernst Middendorp Lauds Maritzburg United's Draw Against The Buccaneers! The Team of Choice drew at home to The Ghost.

Ernst Middendorp Lauds Maritzburg United‘s Draw Against The Buccaneers! The Team of Choice drew at home to The Ghost.

Maritzburg United drew 1-1 with Orlando Pirates in the DSTV Premiership last night. Head coach Ernst Middendorp took a philosophical look at what the draw means for his side.

The Team of Choice endured a very taxing 90 minutes in the match. They were challenged both mentally and physically.

The Pietermaritzburg club somehow managed to prevent Pirates from scoring, despite conceding a myriad of chances.

Their toll was worsened when they went down to 10 men in the second half. Brandon Theron saw red for his challenge on Thabang Monare.

Ernst Middendorp Lauds Maritzburg United's Draw Against The Buccaneers!

“Football is not only played with the physical body,” he said to the media after the match.

“It’s played with the brain, with the mind-set.

“If you experience two games where you really played, I believe in certain moments the majority of the games, against Royal and against SuperSport, if you concede at the end of the game, in extra time, then you lose.

“This is very difficult to handle, to manage. This is another step.

“In terms of passing and forward movement, you have to take a step back to make sure you’re not conceding.

“To make sure you have a point and in particular this combo of Pirates, Chiefs, Sundowns. If you get a point in these types of games, it’s fantastic.” He lauded.

Ernst Middendorp Lauds Maritzburg United's Draw Against The Buccaneers!

Maritzburg currently sit on 11th place on the log. They have amassed a total of seven points from seven matches.

“We can talk about a quarter, half of a season.

“At the moment we played seven games and it’s very important to not make the number of points lower than the number of games.

“Seven games, seven points. You can always make it golden if you have another game with a win.

“That’s very crucial for us to do so.” He said

They will take on TS Galaxy this weekend. Ernst Middendorp Lauds Maritzburg United’s Draw Against The Buccaneers!

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