Chiefs dropped to second on the PSL log, but Baxter believes the title race is far from over although he expects to see improvements from his players in the upcoming games
Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter was lost for words following his team's 1-0 defeat to Mpumalanga Black Aces on Wednesday night. The AmaKhosi mentor admitted that his side never showed enough hunger to win the game.
"Frustration, disappointment... I don’t think we showed the quality in terms of our technical game or the quality in terms of our mental game to wrestle the game away from Black Aces,” said Baxter after the match.
Baxter added that they would have at least accepted a point at home, because they couldn't take their chances on the night, but he believes that the entire team should take the blame for the defeat.
"We lost our discipline at the finish. If we didn’t score it should have been 0-0, very much like I felt after the Sundowns game, but because of a lack of discipline we lose our shape and they very quickly counter with a goal. That is part of the game and you have to bite the bullet," he said.
The Soweto giants are now three points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns and Baxter admitted that they are making life very difficult for themselves to defend their league and wants to his charges to apply the "killer touch" in their remaining games.
"We are making it very difficult for ourselves. Two 1-0 defeats at home is not the form of a team who has aspirations to win the championship, but in terms of mathematics it is still a long way to go.
"One thing is clear, we will have to play better than that, show more character than that and apply the killer touch a lot better than we did this evening if we are going to win the championship,” Baxter concluded.
Baxter's counterpart and MP Black Aces coach Clive Barker praised his players' resistance against Chiefs and although he admitted that the Naturena outfit were on top of them for the better part of the game, he was glad to have finally got behind them in the end.
“What a performance! They hang in there, they had big periods when they were on top. They had lots of chances, but in the end, to hang in and squeeze something out of it like we did, it is fantastic for the team, fantastic for the owners, (it's) fantastic for the supporters,” added Barker.
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