AmaKhosi extend their lead at the top of the Absa Premiership to six points
Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter was relieved with the 3-0 victory over Lamontville Golden Arrows on Tuesday night, admitting at times his side played as poorly as he has ever seen them.
Goals from Lehlohonolo Majoro and Kingston Nkhatha (two) settled the tie, but Golden Arrows had two strong claims for a penalty and were always in the game until the final stages.
“I thought we started a little sloppy,” Baxter says. “But when we played properly and focused, we played very well. In the first half we created far too many chances to go into halftime just 1-0 up, so I wasn’t very happy with that.
“The second half, we had a period of 20 minutes where I have never seen us play as bad. Our defensive shape was too wide and there were holes in-between the centre-backs.
“It gave Golden Arrows a chance to play some football, and they can play football, but them pushing forward and leaving holes allowed us to play with split-strikers and go in from all angles, and that gave us two more goals.”
Golden Arrows coach Manqoba Mngqithi believes his side should have had two spot-kicks when first Philani Shange and then Norman Smith were felled in the area.
“First half we defended too deep and gave them too much space. That allowed them a lot of opportunities, but the first goal they scored was an outcome of our own technical mistakes. Second half we came back stronger and I hoped that we would get something.
“There were two situations where I think we should have had a penalty, but the two further goals they scored were very cheap. I thought we deserved a lot better, but it was not to be.”
Chiefs have now extended their lead at the top of the Absa Premiership to six points, though they have played a game more than second-placed University of Pretoria.