Baxter laments SuperSport United's lacklustre performance against Free State Stars

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Matsatsantsa's poor performance against Ea Lla Koto left coach Baxter looking for answers at the James Motlatsi Stadium

SuperSport United played to a disappointing goalless draw against Free State Stars on Wednesday night. 

After the game, a notably frustrated Stuart Baxter did not mince his words as he was clearly frustrated with his team's performance on the night.

“I didn’t expect the poor quality that we dished up tonight,” Baxter told SuperSport TV.

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“I think sometimes you know we come after and do these interviews as coaches and we spin. We spin because we are scared of our jobs and stuff like that."

“We want to be kind to the players, but sometimes you just got to say it. In the first half, we were totally inept tactically and [in] the second half, we were totally inept technically. I think it was a very poor game from our side,” Baxter added

The 63-year-old also explained that he made tactical changes during the half time break which saw an improved second half performance, but lamented the fact that United continued to lose possession far too often.

“I think the half-time team talk was not a polite one,” Baxter said.

“Tactically we got back into the game by changing the shape, but technically within that shape, we just kept giving the ball back and we didn’t really trouble their goalkeeper."

“We were reliant on people hitting the ball long and looking for touches and that’s not the way we play and we don’t want to play that way., but when you play as poorly as we were, I think everyone was grasping at straws and I don’t have an explanation but we better find a solution for it.”

Baxter was, however, satisfied with the point as he felt SuperSport were lucky not to concede at least four goals on the night. They were saved by Reyaad Pieterse, who walked away with the man of the match award at the end of the game. 

“You take a point when you not playing very well and you certainly take a point when you could have been four nil down at half-time,” Baxter concluded.