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Baxter Reacts To MTN8 Cup Exit

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has reacted to his side’s defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8 quarter-final.

The Englishman saw his side coming back from two goals down to force a 2-2 draw after 90 minutes and Baxter praised his side’s mentality.

However, he wasn’t happy with how Amakhosi started the game.

“We didn’t have any real coordination in our pressing play and we went chasing the ball a little bit. It meant they dominated the first 10 minutes big time and the goal didn’t help us,” he told reporters after the match.

“I thought we were getting better but I didn’t like that we started to press higher without coordination or any real instruction from the bench, so we changed it back to be more compact. It worked better for us.

“But then the second goal came in a better period for us. At that point, we could’ve caved, going down 2-0 against the champions in the first game. I thought they should get credit for that.

“We were better before half-time and scored, second half we were better all around. Our quality in possession was better. It could’ve gone either way in normal time.

“Extra-time is fatigue, very difficult for the players. Penalties is what it is, they held their nerve and I wish them all the best.”

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