Baxter Disappointed With Chiefs Loss
Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter was disappointed after his side’s 1-0 defeat at home against Stellenbosch FC.
Amakhosi failed to keep up their winning run as they gave away important points to Steve Baker’s men after a 1-0 loss at FNB Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
It was Baxter’s first loss to Stellenbosch in his first ever contest with Barker’s side and he admitted that his side didn’t have enough quality on the day to break down a solid defensive block.
“I think the first 15 minutes was ok, it was the high tempo that we wanted, we pinned them back and with their first attack, they broke free and pass our press, got a runner in, even though not too dangerous but it was a bit of a warning shot.
“I don’t know if that made us more defensive but we became quite static. They controlled the game quite well, Steve had them well organised and they played with a low block. They controlled the game quite comfortably.
“The goal came in the middle of that and that put us on the back foot. We had to chase the game and we tweaked tactically a couple of things at half-time, put more bodies up the field.
“But I thought our decision-making when we were in good situations was not good enough. Even though we moved the ball quite quickly in the second half, we weren’t as committed in the patterns of movement that we’ve been doing.
“We weren’t as committed as I’d like to see us. We didn’t have the quality to break down a solid block. You’ve got to have plenty of movement, you’ve got to have awareness, if you want to break down that sort of solid defence.
“It was not a bad performance but it was a performance without the edge that we want to see and I that edge was the fact that we didn’t make those decisions and we didn’t read things early enough.
“Not the result we wanted, absolutely not.”
The Glamour Boys remain sixth in the DStv Premiership table, with 12 points after they played nine games, while Stellies moved level on points with leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, who have two games in hand.