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Middendorp keeps eye on 15th position play-off spot

Cape Town Spurs have faced a slight dip in form in their last few games, and facing league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns was not going to be easy, according to head coach Ernst Middendorp.

The Urban Warriors faced a narrow 1-0 loss to Sundowns in the DStv Premiership and it put a dent in the team’s mission to finish 15th, to earn a play-off spot and avoid automatic relegation.

“I believe a game against Sundowns is not the best to reduce the distance to position 15th but we have an away game and two home games,” said Middendorp.

Richards Bay are the team currently occupying that position and are five points ahead of Spurs. It will be vital for the team to keep up the pace, to try and close the gap.

“We will believe and go into the next game. Hopefully we can get something out of it,” he continued.

On the fact that Spurs have faced three consecutive defeats, which is something that hasn’t happened in quite a while, Middendorp doesn’t feel that the team should be disappointed. He also noted that many changes took place in the team so it is expected.

“Give me a reason that why should a team with so many changes and in addition to the average age [of the players], why should a team all of a sudden run through the league?,” he questioned.

“We had a good start, we had a good moment. Probably certain teams didn’t take us serious. But I’ve said it before, we will win two or three games in a row and we will lose two or three games in a row.”

Spurs’ next match will be played against Sekhukhune United in the DStv Premiership on Saturday, 20 April.