Despite Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 win over Platinum Stars in their Absa Premiership match on Saturday night, coach Stuart Baxter said he will be having words with his players regarding their poor performance.
Baxter was visibly upset with his side’s showing on the night and felt that they could have killed the game off in the first half.
Speaking after the match he bemoaned his players’ unprofessionalism and their inability to finish in front of goal saying that if they can’t bury teams when they have their foot on their throat then they are going to have a very long season.
“I will have words with my players,” said Baxter.
“I don’t like things that are not professionally done and our discipline and decision making in front of goal was not good. We could have killed the game off, but I never got the feeling that the players were thinking ‘this is how we should kill the game’.
“I thought our football in the first 35 minutes of the game was outstanding. Siyabonga (Nkosi) did exactly the job we wanted him to do, the wide players got more and more into the game, I thought we played really, really well. It was a joy to watch, but then it disappears because we don’t keep the ball and we keep turning it over.
“I actually don’t know what to say. There were two games in one game. There was the game where we could have gone 4-0 up at half time and should have done, and then we took our foot off the accelerator the last ten minutes of the first half and we were lazy in terms of getting back into shape and they punished us.
“Then the first 20 minutes of the second half was something like waves, back and forward, we have an attack and we can score, they have an attack and they can score.
“I thought they played well for 25, 30 minutes and dominated us, and our decision making during that period was horrendous , but we still had chances, but we would not just bury the game until we put Knowledge (Musona) on and a set-play got us out of trouble.
“All credit to Platinum Stars, though, I thought they played very good football in the second half especially, but if we can’t bury teams when we have our foot on their throat then we are going to have a very long season.”
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