Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter praised his players for weathering a second half storm from BidVest Wits as they ran out 3-1 winners at the Mbombela Stadium on Monday night.
The victory came courtesy of goals from Bernard Parker (two) and Lehlohonolo Majoro, while Calvin Kadi scored for Wits.
It means Chiefs are now five points clear at the top of the Absa Premiership, though they have played a game more than their rivals.
“We continued the good form in the first half, I thought we were outstanding. Our forward play and our transition play was excellent,” Baxter says.
“In the second half I thought we were flat, we didn’t get our game together. Wits upped their game a little bit, they played a bit longer, put more pressure on us, and for 25 minutes I was going historical on the bench.
“Because they were pressing us, we had some opportunities for some great transitions. But we didn’t take our chances and at 2-1 we were worried for a few minutes.”
Baxter says he is pleased with the way his players have responded to him in training and says they are showing a lot of maturity on the pitch.
“The players are doing a terrific job in terms of their application at the moment, their application to training and also during games. We have a few injuries to important players, but the way the squad reacts to these injuries is very mature.
Wits coach Antonio Habas believes his side deserved something from the game after their second-half display.
“I think the result was a little unfair, in the first half Kaizer Chiefs did well, but in the second half we improved a lot. I think we did very well in the second half and I was happy with that performance,” Habas says.