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Baxter Hits Back At ‘Defensive’ Tactics Criticism

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Stuart Baxter has hit back at criticism of his ‘defensive tactics’ of fielding ‘seven defenders’.

With the reigning PSL Defender of the Season Njabulo Ngcobo being fielded in an unfamiliar defensive midfield role with Phathutshedzo Nange and Cole Alexander – supporters have criticised the tactics as being too defensive.

But Baxter has questioned the logic behind the ‘noise’ by citing the fact that Keagan Dolly and Bernard Parker have been amongst the goals this season while they’ve registered the most shots on goal in the DStv Premiership.

“There’s no other team in the league that has had more strikes on goal. We’re the team in the league that has two of the top goalscorers in the league and we have the team in the league that has created the most chances of anybody,” he told the club’s website.

“So, I have no idea where the noise comes from and I don’t even know who the seven defenders are to be quite honest. We’ve got attacking fullbacks, we’ve got two centre-backs and we’ve got Njabulo Ngcobo, who can play centre-back, in midfield. Apart from that, I don’t know where the other seven come from.”

The Amakhosi boss also suggested there might be some changes as he looks to keep his squad fresh with a bit of rotation in the upcoming fixtures before lauding the strength of their opposition AmaZulu, led by Benni McCarthy.

“AmaZulu are one of the top teams, one of the best teams we’ve played this year. I think Benni’s done a good job with them. They are an aggressive, well-organised team,” Baxter explained.

“I’ve watched all of their games and I don’t think anybody has had an easy ride against them and they are a constant threat and they keep going.

“I thought we played well against them down there to get a draw and we’re going to have to play very well against them here to get a win. But we feel we are in a decent space.

“If we can go again in these conditions of many games in a short time, if we can achieve a little bit more consistency, I think we’ve got enough in our armoury to give them a problem.”

The Soweto giants will be aiming to move into the top three with a win over Usuthu when they host them at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday (17h30).

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