Highlands Park were not a walk in the park, says SuperSport United coach Baxter

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Matsatsantsa returned to the summit of the league table following a hard fought 1-0 victory over Gordon Igesund's men on Saturday night

The match was a scrappy affair and saw a lone Dean Furman goal decide matters at the Makhulong Stadium. The win saw Matsatsantsa return to top of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) log, while Highlands Park's poor run of form continued.

After the match a relieved Stuart Baxter expressed his satisfaction with the three points considering the difficult conditions, which they had to contend with.

“It was obviously a difficult game under the conditions,” Baxter said after the match.

“The pitch was very slippery; it was muddy in patches. So, I think there was a lot of balls played into safety as you don’t want to lose the ball."

“You know in these conditions, you are happy with the three points. We didn’t play the fluent football we know we can play, but we had to defend our box well and we had to work for the second ball well. The longer the game went on the more efficient we became,” he said.

Baxter also bemoaned his side's wastefulness in front of goal. SuperSport had a plethora of opportunities in the second half and it was only due to a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping that saw the score line remain unchanged.

“We could have probably cut it short with a couple of unbelievable chances that were easier to score than it was to miss,” Baxter said.

The 63-year-old also praised his team’s defensive capabilities on the night and believes that Highlands Park were a difficult opponent. 

“They are going to battle. I mean Gordon (Igesund) has them throwing everything at us, trying to get behind our backline,” Baxter expressed.

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“I thought we did well holding the line at times and I think we did well defending the ball at times."

“I’m happy with that, but they are not a walk in the park and when they play past the midfield so often, there’s not a lot of transitions in and around the middle of the field and the ones that you get it’s difficult to get the ball rolling because of the poor conditions."

“It was an evening where you had to put in a shift in the ABC’s of football and go home with three points if you could,” Baxter concluded.

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