Kaizer Chiefs maintained their unbeaten home record with a 2-1 victory over Free State Stars on Saturday night, and coach Stuart Baxter applauded his players for a great comeback
Chiefs scored two late goals that saw them climb to the top of the PSL log with 39 points, and Baxter said that he always believed his team would come back.
“I realized tonight (Saturday) that this squad can really dig results. I was delighted with way the squad came to the party when the chips were down,” said Baxter after the game.
Baxter admitted that Steve Komphela’s tactics made life difficult for his team, especially because Stars scored first, but applauded the players that he introduced in the second half as Chiefs was in search of that important goal.
“Steve made it difficult for my team to play, but we got to a point where I said stop, let’s change personnel. I told the boys to get the ball into the feet, and that’s where we beat them because they gave away two free-kicks on the edge of the box,” he said.
On the other hand, Steve Komphela believed that his team lacked mental strength against Chiefs, and he revealed that Chiefs’ equalizer really put his players under immense pressure.
“I believe the difference between my players and Chiefs players was the mental strength. Mental strength is where they killed us,” said Komphela.
Komphela revealed that he expected Chiefs to score the second goal after getting that equalizer in the last 15 minutes, but he didn’t expect it to be from a free-kick.
“The minute Chiefs score, then you should know that you are in trouble. I heard vuvuzelas and I knew something was coming. I have been here (at Chiefs) before and I know how it is like,” he said.
Chiefs are only temporarily on top of the table, since Pirates have a game in hand. The defending champions were on Caf Champions League duty this weekend.