Kaizer Chiefs defeated Black Leopards 3-1 in Polokwane on Wednesday night, with the league leader’s showing their never-say-die attitude as they had to recover from a poor first half showing, according to coach Stuart Baxter.
"We were intent on self-destruction in the first-half. We were giving them so many unforced transitions. They took one of them and they did well to take it - and that put them back in the game." Baxter said following the match.
"At half-time, a few honest words were said, not a lot of tactical stuff, and we went out a bit more like we usually play. I was impressed with the change of attitude.
"The second-half we controlled the game a lot better. Our passing was better, our movement was better and our defending was calmer. At the end of the day the score-line reflected the game.
"I know the pitch was difficult. Some of the mistakes were down to the pitch, and some of the mistakes were from frustration from the officials. But you have to carry on and we got the goals. I believe we ended as worthy winners."
Black Leopards coach Abel Makhubela lamented Leopards’ defensive woes and could not offer any answers for his sides’ struggle to contain Chiefs, labelling his sides’ inability to defend “a crisis”.
“It is the same old story. We are not giving the right efforts when we defend. The defenders and the whole team, because defending is a team tactic," he said.
"Our transitional moments are too slow. When we lose the ball we tend to forget that we are still in the game and we got punished. Chiefs got their chances and they finished them.
"So, the struggle continues. What can one say? We will just hope that one day we will get it right because we seriously have a crisis there.
"We will continue working hard and hope that one day we get it right. The league is still a long way to go. We cannot throw in the towel, we still have to fight. We lost to a good side, they deserved to win. It was not our day, hopefully we will get our day also,