Stuart Baxter praises Kaizer Chiefs focus ahead of Soweto


Kaizer Chiefs head coach Stuart Baxter has praised his side for not losing focus against Baroka ahead of the Soweto derby next week.

The AmaKhosi returned to winning ways in the DStv Premiership thanks to a late winner from Khama Billiat, which was also their first goal of the year.

“We did it the hard way, you could say, they feel every three strikes should result in a goal, so we should have been 3-0, you could say,” Baxter told SuperSport after the game. .

“But look, you have to give the guys credit because they worked really hard, they kept faith in what they were doing.

“The substitutes came in and had a bit of an impact and you have to say well done, we’re getting into good situations, we’re building well, we’re sounding good, the movement is good but until the end, Keagan [Dolly] pass, the goalkeeper makes a save. I think it’s a deserved victory but one that, from experience, can come in the shape of a pear.

“The reason why I didn’t change earlier is because I was going to go back to a full back four but there my weapon was to put balls in the box but we had three three centre-backs and I was afraid that my ambitions to win the game could cause us to lose the game.”

When asked about delaying his changes, he added: “So I waited. The second reason is that this pitch is very smooth, very fast and it takes a bit of time to get the rhythm of the game. , so we thought we’ll get more attacking players on the field of play because we just need that bit of extra quality in transition and that extra smart pass to open up their defense. hard on this attack and it’s normal that this is what won the game for us,” he said.

“And again I think the guys should be given a pat on the back because traditionally the game before the derby your mind is already on the derby so I think the focus was good and now we can get together. expect preparations to face Pirates.”

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