Baxter: Chiefs defended outstandingly against Celtic

Kaizer Chiefs moved to 50 points and seven points clear at the top of the PSL standings after a scintillating 3-0 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday afternoon.

Following their convincing 3-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday afternoon, Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter believes his team did well to keep their opponents at bay.

The Amakhosi coach believes that the fans from both teams enjoyed the match, as it was an open game, more especially in the second half.  

“It was an interesting game. We fought well. I think the fans enjoyed every minute of it. Celtic came strongly in the second half, but it was an end to end game,” said Baxter after the match.

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Baxter said that they anticipated Celtic to go for a broke in the second half and his bench decided to kill the Free State side with the transition play. He also believes that they defended well as a team with another clean sheet to add on top of their splendid performance.  

“At halftime we said No, they are going to come blazing in the second half and we got to have our transition play ready for them. I thought we defended outstandingly and our turnover play was very good,” he said.

Celtic coach Clinton Larsen believes the scoreline was not a true reflection of the game. He also heaped praises on his team’s performance and believes there are lot of positives to take out of Chiefs game going forward.  

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“If ever there was a deceiving scoreline, I think that happened in this one today. First goal, 12 minutes into the game. Totally against the run of the play. They controlled most of the second half. I am very proud of the performance today, and there are so many positives to take out of this for the next game,” said Larsen.

Larsen denied any psychological effect from the referee’s decisions that went against his team this afternoon. Chiefs took the lead with a controversial goal inside the first 16 minutes and Celtic were unlucky not to have been given a penalty, after Morgan Gould blatantly handled the ball inside the box, but Larsen said he is not bothered by poor decisions making from the officials.  

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“Not at all. We used to this when playing against bigger clubs, but the less said about the referees the better,” added Larsen.

Amakhosi opened a seven-point lead at the top of the PSL log, and are now the favourites to clinch their first league title since 2005. Their next game is at home against Maritzburg United on Wednesday night, as they look to stretch their lead over arch-rivals and second placed Orlando Pirates.