Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter says he wasn’t too satisfied with his team’s display in the opening minutes of their 3-0 win over AmaTuks in the MTN 8 quarterfinal clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night.
AmaKhosi were in top form against the Tshwane side on the night, but Baxter believes the pitch made it difficult for them to score more goals.
“I think the first five minutes was a disaster. We allowed them to come to us, but I thought we got back into the game after that goal. I also thought the pitch was difficult to weigh in that final pass, but we managed to control the game,” said Baxter during a post-match press conference.
Baxter was pleased with the results and the fact that AmaKhosi are through to the semi-finals of the MTN 8 following their heavy defeat at the hands of Sundowns in the same competition last season.
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“It was a cup game, obviously the score line means nothing, because the important thing is to go through to the next round, but I am very pleased with the results,” added Baxter.
AmaTuks coach Steve Barker admitted that Chiefs deserved to win the match and go through, but he believes the game would have been different had they converted the two chances that they created before conceding that 5th minute goal.
“Firstly, I would like to congratulate Chiefs on their win. I think overall, they deserved to win the game. We had two chances before they scored their opener, but we could not take them and they were on top of us after they got that goal,” said Barker.
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Barker is now banking on a three-week break to try and plot the way forward, but he is optimistic that results will come sooner rather than later.
“Credit to Chiefs. They are strong on set-pieces and there is no need mopping on the defeat. We have not gelled, but we will use this three-week break to regroup and hopefully bounce back as soon as possible,” he said.
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