Baxter: We Were Just Outclassed
SuperSport United coach Stuart Baxter lamented his side's defensive duties in their 5-0 loss against Mamelodi Sundowns, but admitted that the opponents were in a class of their own.
Baxter admitted that he couldn't explain what went wrong with his side after initially starting the game on a somewhat positive note.
"I wish I could I mean what happened in the beginning of the game was the first five minutes we started quite nice there on the ball then gave two big transitions which they then came one-on-one with our goalkeeper.
"But then after that they got a rather scrappy first goal and then we played Kamekaze (A suicide attack) for about 15 to 20 minutes. We couldn't defend properly, we allowed them to play through our lines, we then defended badly when the ball was through our lines and they ran in behind us time after time.
"And once you 3-0 down and 4-0 down at half time then you lucky to try and stop the bleeding and you are lucky to try and scrape yourself back into the game. If you look at the whole game I mean we were just outclassed, it is as simple as that.
"Well I mean I could have gone into a tactical aspect, which we did slightly. We changed three centre midfield players to stop them playing through which worked okay but they take their foot off the accelerator when they're 4-0 up obviously, but then we showed a lack of character and quality.
"Character and quality to follow the game plan and character and quality in our individual technical ability, we didn't show what we can do. It just looked like we were watching Sundowns, admiring them rather than being in the game so when you do that we you know how you win games and you know if we turn the ball over as often as we did against a good team, they are going to punish you. I have lost 5 twice in my career, once to Barcelona and once tonight. So I just think it's easy to say move on, but you can't just move on because that will hurt and it should hurt. To finish I just want to say to Pitso, well done Pitso, it was a different class.
"Now the response to this has got to be stand up and show character, and show character many ways, in showing discipline, in showing desire, in showing belief in your own ability and the teams ability and we need to do that and that bounce back has to be a considerable one," he concluded.