Stuart Baxter Disclosed His Plans For The Soweto Derby

 Stuart Baxter Disclosed His Plans For The Soweto Derby

Stuart Baxter Disclosed His Plans For The Soweto Derby

 

Amakhosi defeated Bakgaga 1-0 at Peter Mokaba Stadium, earning Baxter’s praise ahead of the Soweto derby.

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter would have forgiven his players if they had not fought as hard as they did to beat Baroka FC on Saturday night.

Amakhosi defeated Bakgaga 1-0 at Polokwane’s Peter Mokaba Stadium, earning an important three points in their quest to climb the DStv Premiership log table.

With the victory, the Chiefs moved ahead of their Soweto rivals, the Orlando Pirates, into second place with 32 points from 18 games. However, they are still a whopping 16 points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

Baxter would have understood if the Limpopo result had not gone their way because he knew they were thinking about the upcoming Soweto derby.

“These guys deserve a round of applause… That’s for two reasons: “First, they kept going and believing that we could (still win) despite the fact that we had 16 shots on goal with eight on target but didn’t get our noses in front,” Baxter said after the game.

“But also because we have the Pirates coming up next, and you want to see if they can take their eyes off the ball in the game before that.”

“We were able to keep our composure. We’ll take the positives back to Joburg, which I believe were numerous. We’ll take the three points and prepare for the derby.”

The game was won thanks to Khama Billiat’s last-minute goal, which made up for the numerous scoring opportunities he and Keagan Dolly had missed earlier in the game. To avoid Baroka’s wrath, Baxter said he had to play his substitutions perfectly.

“I waited because Baroka’s main threat was hoofing balls into our penalty area, which they did with quality and aggression.” So, to win the headers, I really needed the three centre-backs, the three big guys.

“However, we just decided to go for it because we’re playing so well.” We added more players who are attack-oriented. We sub in Bibo (Sabelo Radebe) and Lebza (Lebogang Manyama), who would push forward and rotate the ball.

“It had an effect on them.” They probed, and when we got the ball in, Khama was there, as he had been all night. “But this time he stuck it behind the net,” Baxter explained.

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