Baxter: It was important for Kaizer Chiefs to start the game well

Knowledge Musona and George Lebese goals were enough to end Chiefs’ three-match winless streak

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter believes the key to his team’s 2-0 victory over Maritzburg United on Saturday night was how they started the game.

Baxter says he was pleased with the way his players created chances and dictated the game on the night, but says Chiefs switched off after scoring their first goal.

“It was important to start the game well. We have been speaking a lot about the inconsistency that we’ve had and I think that goes hand in hand with the intensity that we create,” said Baxter at a post-match press conference.

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“I was very pleased with the start of the game. I thought the first 30 minutes towards the end of the half and after the goal we switched off. Then Maritzburg showed they are a team that can come and beat us,” he said.

The AmaKhosi coach says Maritzburg United had two chances that could have changed the complexion of the game if they took them well.

“So towards the end of the first half, the last 10 minutes I wasn’t too pleased despite what I said Maritzburg came home and we gave a couple of transitions and they had two attacks that really on another day they could score,” said Baxter.

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Baxter’s counterpart, Ernst Middendorp admitted that Chiefs were on fire from the first whistle, and that his team could only create one goalscoring chance in the first half.

“I think our good moment in the first half, but Terrence Mandaza could have done a little bit better and that was the only possibility that we had,” Middendorp said at a post-match press conference.

However, Middendorp believes the second goal killed their spirit when they believed they can still come back and grab the equalizer, but he said Chiefs were deserved winners on the night.

“In the Beginning of the second half I was thinking that could be a little bit of a moment to sneak a goal in. We had Thabang Matuka, we had a header with Reese [Evans] and we thought it’s possible, but in the end Chiefs fully deserved to win,” he said.

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