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MTN8 2016

Baxter: 'Downs Kept The Ball for Fun

SuperSport United head coach, Stuart Baxter, explains why Mamelodi Sundowns were able to "keep the ball for fun" in their MTN8 quarterfinal tie.

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SuperSport were dumped out of the MTN8 after losing 3-1 to their Tshwane rivals at Loftus Stadium.

However, the former Kaizer Chiefs coach believes his side's poor shape allowed the Brazilians to dictate play.

“It was a game in every way, shape and form until they scored the second goal,” Baxter said after the game.

“I thought when we had equalised, we got onto the front foot a bit more and our attacking play was better.

“But we gave away a very, very poor second goal from our point of view and after that we didn’t really have an attacking threat. So we didn’t keep our shape and we opened up the field for Sundowns, who kept the ball for fun.

“We did nothing to stem the flow, I was hoping we would come back at them but we didn’t. We only opened up bigger spaces, which meant the third goal was going to come because we had to start flinging people forward.

“I was optimistic for about an hour and then after that I was hoping. Then after that I was suffering.”


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