SuperSport United defeated Maritzburg United 4-1 on Wednesday night. Matsatsantsa's second half performance display saw them overturn the deficit, after falling behind through a Kurt Lentjies first half strike.
After the match SuperSport head coach Stuart Baxter was relatively pleased with his side's positive response, but he was critical of the team's performance in the opening 20 minutes of the game.
“I think in the first 20 minutes we were poor; we didn’t get on the ball. We didn’t play,” Baxter told SuperSport TV.
“A blue shirt didn’t give the ball to a blue shirt. We gave them a horrendous goal from a defensive point of view. A great strike, but after 20 minutes, I just felt that we started to put together some better movement around the box, better quality possession and some more intelligent defending. So, I thought the last quarter of an hour, 20 minutes maybe, was okay.”
“We had a talk at half time where we changed a couple of things and we had a big response in the second half,” he said.
Baxter went on to express the difficulty he has felt in balancing the club’s continental commitments along with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign.
“The challenges that we have at the moment is we have Caf (Confederation Cup) and we changing the squad. We are trying to rotate and the players that are going to play against Free State Stars or Golden Arrows, they don’t train together with their teammates because half of them are here and half of them are there and you lose consistency. We weren’t happy with the Free State Stars game. We were lucky to get away with a point, but I think in the second half, we showed our game again and that was pleasing,” Baxter added.
The 63-year-old mentor was also full of praise for new signing Mandla Masango. The South Africa international scored two goals in quick succession and scooped the man of the match award at the end of the game.
"Mandla (Masango) has come back and has had a half-and-a-half. He's had to learn how we play because we don't play exactly the way he thought we played before and he's got used to it. He deserved his goals. It was a very good performance," Baxter concluded.