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Following Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 loss to Orlando Pirates, coach Stuart Baxter was disappointed by side's poor first half performance

Orlando Pirates took a major step towards qualifying for the final of the MTN 8 when they defeated Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, with Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter blaming the loss on his team's first half showing,

The first-half, from our point of view, was a mini disaster. We didn't play anything like the way we wanted to play, or can play. We gave Pirates, who have got confidence at the moment, all the time they needed to settle in," Baxter said after the game.

"So they settled in and gave us all the trouble we could handle. And we reacted by panicking. When we realised we were not playing well we panicked.

"I think we worked much harder in the second-half, and at least we tried to time some movement and get some runners in. But the successes we had in the second-half were down to hard work, and not too much organisation I'm afraid.

"We'll have to go away and lick our wounds, and sharpen our knives ready for the next leg. Let's see if we can put some things right before the Swallows game."

Despite winning the match Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa still wanted more from his players throughout the contest, but was ultimately pleased following the final whistle.

"We started very well. I thought the first-half we were good. I think after we scored, maybe we scored too early, and we stopped playing. I think we just got a bit of stage fright. I thought we should have played a bit more. Even when Kermit (Erasmus) came in, I thought we'd play more and kept the ball, but we didn't," said De Sa.

"I thought the second-half we weren't too good. I thought we let them play a bit too much and we took our foot off the pedal. But credit to them, they didn't allow us to play and we never really got going again.

"Credit to them, they came at us. They hit the post, and sometimes it goes that way.

"But again, it was just a gutsy performance. Maybe we held on a bit but never the less it was a great result away from home and we take a positive one to the second-leg."

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