Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter believes that their 3-0 defeat to AS Vita in the Caf Champions League this past weekend wasn't a true reflection of the game, adding that they still matched their DRC opponents even after conceding the first goal.
The Glamour Boys are in danger of crashing out of this year's competition, but Baxter believes that an early goal in the second leg, to be played at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, will get them back into the game.
"The game was level at the start and by the time they scored their first chance we had created about two chances already. Even after they scored their first goal it was still an even game.
"When they scored the third (goal) we had to prevent another goal which would have killed the game. Still we had two big chances that we couldn't convert. We will have to hit them with an early goal at home to get back into the game," Baxter said to the Chiefs' official website.
The AmaKhosi mentor is adamant they can overturn the 3-0 scoreline, and march on to the next round. He's banking on his past experience to help the defending PSL champions progress.
"We lost 3-0 here (in Kinshasa) and as we have said earlier, with a two-legged game, this is the first half. If anyone thinks the tie is over, they must think again. I have been involved in a game in Sweden where we reversed a 5-3 scoreline against Galatasaray by beating them 5-1 at home. Football is a funny game," he said.
Despite conceding three goals on the road, Baxter believes that they created enough chances to snatch an away goal, but he said that they were more worried about keeping the scoreline at 3-0.
"We were caught early in the game when we allowed their cross and they scored with an overhead kick. We created a set play which Mashamaite couldn't convert and their counter attack resulted in a shot that Pieterse couldn't hold and they scored with the rebound.
"We have spoken about critical phases of the game and they scored in the 1st minute of the second half. It then became a matter of keeping the scoreline at 3-0 and trying to reduce that to 3-1. We created several chances that we could have converted into goals," he added.
The 60-year-old tactician also highlighted that the conditions had a negative effect on their play, but he is optimistic that his charges will step up to the plate under normal conditions in the second leg.
"We played in AstroTurf and the heat was unbearable. We will play them at our conditions at home in a normal grass pitch and in front of our supporters. The supporters (in Kinshasa) were very good and vocal which allowed a good game of football," concluded Baxer.
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