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Baxter Explains Late Changes In Soweto Derby

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has explained why he only made very late changes in his side’s Soweto Derby win.

Amakhosi beat rivals Orlando Pirates thanks to a late penalty by Keagan Dolly, with Baxter only having made one substitution at the time. 

Agay had replaced Cole Alexander after 67 minutes, while Reeve Frosler Kgaogelo Sekgota only came on in the 94th minute.

However, Baxter insisted that the massive downpour in the second half had effected his plans.

“It sounds strange but it started raining, it started lashing down, just as I was going to make the changes,” he told SuperSport TV.

“If you put players when the weather conditions have suddenly changed, it take them time to get into the game.

“I didn’t think we could afford that against a Pirates team that was pushing at that time. I wanted to get them on, I didn’t want the tired legs to collapse completely because of the weather.

“But then we conceded a goal and you’ve got to scramble.”

“Thought immediately after you win the derby are a little bit scrambled,” he added.

“Happy, proud of the lads for getting right back at the death when I thought it was quite comfortable at one stage and then Pirates where ahead of steam, credit to them.

“The goal, it is what it is, we lose the ball and don’t have that transition.

“I thought first half it was an even game but second half I thought we were more comfortable. 

“But the derbies are the derbies and things like a mis-kick or a bad tackle can lose it or win it.

“So delighted for the win, I was going to say it’s a ‘bootiful’ result (points at his moon boot and laughs).”



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