Baxter: SuperSport United had to respond with victory over Golden Arrows

The Tshwane outfit put five past Arrows on Wednesday night, with all goals coming in the second half after a stalemate in the opening half

SuperSport United coach Stuart Baxter says they had to respond to reclaim their spot at the top of the log after seeing Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City win their games on Tuesday.

Matsatsantsa trounced Golden Arrows 5-2 in Tshwane on Wednesday night and are back at the summit on a superior goal difference.

“We had to have an answer and we didn’t quite have one in the first half. Showing character means you’re not down and out just because you played a poor 45 minutes,” Baxter told reporters in the aftermath.

The Englishman was pleased that his charges came to the party to re-start their campaign in fine style as they seek their first league title in over five years.

“We spoke about having to respond because Wits have had some good results and we needed to. We were playing a very good team - Arrows are one of the better teams. They can beat anybody on their day,” Baxter said.

“What happened to the PSL? It’s like there are explosions everywhere but the first half was very mediocre."

“We compressed the game a lot more in the second half because we knew they were going to get more transitions."

“Apart from the two goals we conceded, I thought we were very good in the second half but we did switch off a bit. I’ll take 5-2 any day of the week,” Baxter added.

With the Bafana Bafana coaching job still up for grabs, Baxter has been constantly linked with a return to the position he left in November 2005.

However, it’s nothing but a rumour as the former Kaizer Chiefs coach said he was still happy at Matsatsantsa.

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“The Bafana thing is a rumour that I don’t even reflect on and I’ve told the players [that] I’m happy with the job that I’m doing," he said.

“Everybody else can talk but it’s more than rumours and when all these rumours fly around, someone has to ask whether anyone who is coaching wants to leave their job at the moment?"

“I’m happy here and the players know that I’m happy,” Baxter explained.