Baxter relieved with win

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter says his side should have won by more
Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter admits he is relieved more than anything to have seen his side beat Black Leopards 2-1 on Wednesday night.

The match was a re-arranged fixture from Saturday, with the original game called off in the first half with AmaKhosi leading 2-0 due to rain and hail that made the Soccer City pitch unplayable.

Baxter says that disrupted their plans for this week and left him wondering just how his players would respond. But goals from Bernard Parker and Siphiwe Tshabalala fired them to the win, which was in doubt right up until the end after Brian Amidu pulled one back for Leopards.

“I was really apprehensive about this game, the way it came about, but I thought the players did a good job initially,” Baxter says. “But then we got a bit sloppy in the first half when we turned the ball over too much.                                                                                                    stuart baxter

“We were lucky that we defended quite well and that we have a good goalkeeper. In the second half we upped the ante a bit and created more chances. If we had put one of those to bed a bit earlier, then we might have had a more comfortable evening.

“I was not happy that we switched off for the last five minutes as well and allowed them back into the game. It might have been exciting for the crowd, but not for the coach!”

Leopards coach Sunday Chidzambwa says his side were improved from the first meeting on Saturday, but says they did not create enough opportunitiesto get something from the game.

“It was a bit of an improvement from Saturday, but it was not our day and we did not create enough scoring chances to win the match,” Chidzambwa says.

“We will have to go back to the drawing board and work on our play in the attacking third.

We have the players to do the job, we must just work a bit harder. Today our possession was better. We tried to keep the ball and when we did that, we looked good.”