A post-match reaction from the Kaizer Chiefs bench has offered some explanation to their disastrous performance at home against Royal AM at the weekend.
Speaking to journalists following Amakhosi’s second successive DStv Premiership defeat on Saturday evening, coach Stuart Baxter admitted that he has to consider that perhaps the tactics were not up to par, resulting in a humbling 4-1 loss.
“I thought the first 30 minutes of the game we picked up a little bit where we left off (against Mamelodi Sundowns a week earlier). The structure and the movement were quite good. We were creating chances, but again we failed to take them,” Baxter said.
“We gave up a rather unnecessary and sloppy goal from our side. We again get into a situation where we want to change the game a little bit. We tried to stay patient, but (Phathutshedzo) Nange gets injured and we lose a little bit of balance. At half-time we were talking about sharpening aspects of the game, not overhauling.”
Even with the changes in the second half, Chiefs still looked out of sorts and were overpowered by the visitors – striker Victor Letsoalo tormenting and scoring twice.
“Then we concede (again) and chase and we go to a back four, which maybe makes it a little bit complicated for the players, I don’t know. It’s something the coach has to consider. In any case, the nervousness and lack of quality and naivety of our decision making made it very difficult to get back into the game,” added Baxter.
“Even though we got a goal back, we allowed a goal straight away. The last 10 minutes were quite embarrassing and we need to apologise to our supporters for the manner in which the game finished. What started off a good night turned into a very poor one from our side.”
Chiefs will rest this week and return to action on Sunday with a trip to Limpopo to face another tricky side in Marumo Gallants.
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