Baxter: Kaizer Chiefs had enough chances to put the game to bed

AmaKhosi registered their first win of the season against the newly promoted MP Black Aces at the Mbombela Stadium on Friday night

Following their hard-fought 1-0 win over Mpumalanga Black Aces on Friday night, Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter admitted that it was not an easy game for his side.

Baxter believes that Chiefs created enough chances to wrap up the game in the second half, but failed to do so which nearly cost them in the dying minutes of the game.

“We knew this wasn’t going to be an easy game. I thought we came out of the block in the opening 20 minutes with some really fantastic football.

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“In the second half, we had chances to put the game to bed and we didn’t. When you don’t do that, then you run the risk like in the end, a bad decision at one end of the field turns over to be a great save by your goalkeeper and you are living on the edge of your seat,” said Baxter after the match.

However, the Chiefs mentor was impressed with the overall performance of his team, playing their first competitive game of the season.

“To be fair, I thought for the first game of the season, some of the football was excellent. I thought there was a lot of promising things,” he said.

Baxter’s counterpart, Clive Barker was equally impressed by his side despite conceding an early goal which was enough to hand Chiefs their first three points of the season.

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“It was a wonderful game to start the season with, fantastic. It was a terrific 10-15 minutes from Chiefs at the beginning, but I thought at the end we were on top and moved the ball nicely,” said Barker.    

Barker though believes AmaKhosi did well and deserved the three points against Aces, but he also believes that it was too close.

“I thought we moved forward nicely and credit to Chiefs. They deserved the three points tonight, but it was closer than anybody thought it would be,” added Barker.

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