Baxter: Kaizer Chiefs allowed SuperSport to dictate

Matsatsantsa came out with guns blazing in the second half and scored three unanswered goals to return to the summit of the PSL log

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter admitted that his team did well in the first 45 minutes of their 3-1 defeat to SuperSport United on Saturday night.

However, Baxter said the entire team was caught napping in the second half and allowed their opponents to get back into game.

“We spoke at halftime about the first 10 minutes of the second half being vital for setting the tone, and then we switched off and allowed SuperSport to take the game back,” said Baxter after the game.

“We allowed them to dictate. After the goal they were up and we were really annoyed with ourselves, and after that things just change,” he said.

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The Chiefs mentor believes they created enough chances to bury Matsatsantsa in the first half despite his tactics of playing with three centre-backs.

“I thought we created the best chances in the first half. If you think of defensive tactics that means to stop the opponents. We were trying to play with three centre-backs and aggressive wing-backs to open up different spaces,” he said.

Baxter still doesn’t believe the team needs new players, but he says it is up to the current crop of players to prove whether Chiefs really need to buy players or not.

Nonetheless, the former Bafana coach Baxter, believes it’s too early for them to panic, as there are still 27 more league games to go.

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“We have spoken about showing the respect to the players that have done very well and we have done that. We’ve got targets, we’ve monitored the market and it’s up to the players to prove whether we have the depth or not. If we don’t then we will be active in the market.

“We want to do that in calmness, not as a knee-jerk reaction to one result, but certainly there have been questions asked and they have to answer them,” concluded Baxter.

SuperSport United coach Cavin Johnson echoed Baxter’s sentiments by admitting that Chiefs were dominant in the first half and that they should have been more than just a goal up at the end of the first half.

“I thought we didn’t play very well in the first half, and Chiefs had a lot of ball possession. I don’t know if it was a penalty, but they had a lot of the ball and they could have scored a lot of goals,” said Johnson.

Johnson expressed his satisfaction at how his players carried out the instructions against Chiefs despite the absence of Mame Niang who was expected to start up front.

“I thought that we worked for all three of our goals, and that's how we planned it. Bradley stayed up front, and in the second half the movement came and we got the goals.

“I’m just happy that the boys were able to carry out the instructions in the second half and we won the game,” he said.

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