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The Chiefs coach was clearly not happy with the referee’s decision to give Pirates a penalty, but he didn’t want to comment on it

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter believes the attitude shown by his players during their Pirates game was good, as they wanted to start on the front foot.

Chiefs needed at least two goals to book their place in the final, and Baxter said the team had spoken (before the game) about the importance of winning the game as early as possible.

“I just think we approached the game in a very positive way. We were talking about winning games and we needed to start on the front foot, and we wanted to make sure we came out strongly,” said Baxter after the match.

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However, Baxter was impressed with how the AmaKhosi players played on the day, but he is still not sure why they sat back and allowed Pirates to force their way back into the game.

“I think the players did a very good job in playing football during that period, but again I don’t know why we turned to sit and allow Pirates to pass the ball and be more comfortable, and rightly they got themselves in the driving seat,” he said.

Pirates started dictating the game after Baxter substituted Siyabonga Nkosi in the midfield, and the Chiefs tactician admits that they played too deep and relied on long balls.

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“For some reason we started playing longer than I wanted to, and we started playing too deep. So, we came out of that shell enormously, we battled back after the penalty which I probably don’t want to comment on it, because I haven’t seen it,” added Baxter.

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