Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter was pleased with the way his charges bamboozled the Burkina Faso defence in their 2018 World Cup qualifier.
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Bafana kept their World Cup qualification campaign alive with a 3-1 win over the Stallions at the FNB Stadium.
Mamelodi Sundowns trio Percy Tau, Themba Zwane and Sibusiso Vilakazi got the goals for Baxter's side on the day.
"With the knife at the throat, the players gave a magnificent performance. It's not easy, people have given them a lot criticism, some warranted, some over the top," Baxter told SuperSport after the game.
"I think that performance in that situation speaks volumes for South African football. I think we got a nice balance between defending doggedly and expressing yourself in the last third especially when movement, pace and trickery was bamboozling them."
Baxter was also pleased that his players were focused on the game at hand, and not any off-field noises.
"We certainly don't want showboating. We want our skill, our technique, our ideas to hurt our opponent," he added.
"A couple of times late on in the game, we didn't manage the game very well because we tried that and we were down to 10 men, and it's about keeping the ball and not risking it, but that's OK, we'll learn from that.
"In terms of expressing yourself, it's putting yourself into a mental frame of mind that you want to play and they wanted to play.
"They were thinking about what they were doing on the field and not thinking about stuff that is being written or the next two games, it was here and now, and I just felt it in the dressing room that the game-plan was simple and clear. The lads did their best, not always perfect and the total performance, I don't say this very often but South Africa can be proud."