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Baxter Defends Nurkovic Role

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has defended his decision to field Samir Nurkovic on the left wing against Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Englishman mixed things up in attacking setup, using Nurkovic on the left, Keagan Dolly on the right, while Khama Billiat attacked through the middle.

Baxter’s decision has received mixed receptions, with opposition co-head coach Rulani Mokwena actually praising the tactical switch, while many of the club’s fans were left frustrated but Baxter believes the switch actually had the wanted effect.

“We’ve got him (Nurkovic) into more goalscoring positions from that position than we’ve been getting… I’ve watched a lot of footage from last year when he’s played as an out and out nine with his back to goal,” he told reporters during a press conference.

“He was lacking confidence, he was lacking getting into goalscoring positions.

“I think fans are not interested too much in false 9s and inverted full-backs, they’re not too interested in that, they want to see results.

“And when the result is a disappointing one than a lot of the nuances of how you try to set up your team that disappears. I think we need to accept that.

“I can’t be shuffling the pack, every time the result goes against us, especially if it’s a result that I thought wasn’t quite a true reflection of the game. I think we’ve got to have a little bit more patience and persistence than that.”

Chiefs face Royal AM at the FNB Stadium on saturday and it remains to be seen whether Nurkovic will be fielded on the left again.

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