Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter: I let the players down

The Kaizer Chiefs' coach took full responsibility for his side's loss in Cape Town on Wednesday night
Kaizer Chiefs lost only their second PSL match of the season on Wednesday night after Ajax Cape Town brought the high-flying Amakhosi back to earth with a 3-1 win in Cape Town.

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Stuart Baxter blamed poor tactics for the side's loss and his team's general poor performance throughout the match. The result means that the title race may have opened up with three games left in the season, placing increased pressure on Kaizer Chiefs. 

“Well at the moment my thoughts are not very positive,” Baxter said following the match.

“We really battled all night. Our possession wasn’t as good as it is usually, I don’t know if it was because of the pitch or because of nerves.

“We battled in the first half, but we gave as good as we got, but when they got the goal I think we started panicking a little bit and then we carried that on into the second half.

“We got a goal back and really I let the players down a little bit because we went for it from the bench. We went with three central strikers and we went for it.

“It is a disappointing evening all round, but both the players and myself can do better than that.

"It is just one of those evenings where you are thinking what may have been and I think maybe we are guilty of looking at the finishing line to you soon and that produced too many errors.”

Ajax Cape Town's Muhsin Erturgral could not contain his satisfaction with the 3-1 win and lauded his players following the match.

“It was a tough game for us,” the former Kaizer Chiefs coach said after the match.

“Obviously Kaizer Chiefs has the upper hand in terms of passing patterns, but what made me proud of my boys was firstly their heart and secondly our organisation, we didn’t allow Chiefs to play.

“Overall we had the better chances and we could have scored two or three more and I am not exaggerating.

“These boys are so good and I am enjoying being united with this team again. They have so many good players and they just needed the right guidance.”

The result moves Ajax into 14th place on the PSL standings and out of the relegation zone, three points clear of Cape rivals Chippa United and four clear of Black Leopards.