Following their 3-1 victory over Moroka Swallows on Saturday night, Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter believes that the Dube Birds did well to match his team
Baxter praised Swallows for their spirited performance even when Chiefs were in front, but believes his team would have had a mountain to climb had Katlego Mashego converted the penalty.
“The goal obviously, it was a very welcome guest. We never like to concede from set plays, but it was a good goal from Swallows point of view,” said Baxter after the match.
“The penalty procedure was an important part of the game for us. It would have been difficult for us if were two goals down. That would have been a mountain to climb in the derby,” he said.
Baxter’s counterpart Zeca Marques believes the Chiefs transition play made it difficult for his team to play its normal football, but also believes that his players put up a great performance against the unstoppable Chiefs side.
“The derby is always unpredictable and the conditions played a huge role, but the transitions from Chiefs when they won the ball. They turned quicker than us. They were devastating and their through balls were more dangerous than ours,” said Marques.
“Our players gave everything. I think this was a true reflection of what the derby was about. Played in good spirit and I am happy for that,” he said.
The Swallows mentor also believes that it would have been a game over for Amakhosi had they got that second goal from the penalty spot, though he is not sure of the reason why the penalty had to be re-taken twice.
“2-0 against Chiefs at halftime would have been a great result for us. Having to re-take a penalty three times I think it is the first time in my life I have seen it. I don’t know what the reasons were and I am not going to question the referee, because he was there and I was not, so we got to accept,” added Marques.