Baxter recognises Maritzburg's tactical acumen

Stuart Baxter believes Kaizer Chiefs was matched on all fronts by Maritzburg United
Kaizer Chiefs were held to a 1-1 draw by Maritzburg United on Wednesday night, due to the visitor's tactical display against the league leaders.           

Chiefs employed three central defenders in order to utilise their wing-backs, a strategy which has seen them hold on to the top position in the PSL standings.                              

But Maritzburg United were able to counter Stuart Baxter's tactics on Wednesday, meaning Chiefs had to fight back from a goal down on the night. A sublime header from Erick Mathoho cancelled out Mario Booysen's opener to earn a hard-fought draw for the AmaKhosi.                                                

"It was a good game. This is a game where tactically they mirrored our three man backline and they played much tighter on our wing backs," Baxter said after the match.                          

"It was an interesting, tactical game and we had to change in the second half and that is how the players dragged themselves back into the game which we were average in during the first half."                         

The draw did not affect Chief's title charge as Orlando Pirates were also held to a 1-1 stalemate against AmaZulu on Friday, but Baxter is still focused on his team's results and no others.                                               
"If any other team wins or loses it does not make us a better or worse team," he said.                               "We have to totally focus on that and tonight it was not a question of focus, it was a question of quality in critical phases of the game."                        

"Any sane person knows that with seven games to go in any football league that things could happen," Baxter concluded.