Baxter focuses on positives, but chiefs team concerns



Stuart Baxter was generous with his praise after his Kaizer Chiefs team scored a late goal over the weekend to take three points from Baroka FC. After the game, Baxter said his team deserved a pat on the back for a brave performance and a never-ending attitude they showed.

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Khama Billiat’s strike in the 94th minute was all Chiefs for Chiefs to win and make Baxter so elated. But his praise may have been a way to hide his concerns, especially in the run-up to Saturday’s anticipated Soweto derby.

Amakhosi will visit their traditional rivals Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium as the battle for second place in the DStv Premiership heats up. Essentially, the two sides will fight this season to be the bridesmaids of Mamelodi Sundowns.

It’s unfathomable to even think that Sundowns could waste their massive 14-point lead atop the Premiership standings. Stranger things have happened in football, however.

Amakhosi was the better of the two teams last weekend and deserved to come out with the full points, but it should worry Baxter that his team didn’t have a bite up front.

They created countless chances, but their shots were not at the level that could give Baxter so much hope. After the game, he said there were a lot of positives that he took away.

However, it might be the negatives that Baxter should focus on this week leading up to the Soweto derby, the result of which could be bruising for whichever team loses that day.

“We did it the hard way,” admitted Baxter of their unimpressive form in front of goal. Keagan Dolly, who has shown in the past that he can score with beautiful curlers, was out of shape and most of his efforts were saved comfortably by Oscarine Masuluke.

“Every three strikeouts should result in a goal, so we should have been leading 3-0 at halftime. You have to give credit to the guys because they worked really hard and kept faith in what they were doing.

“The substitutes came on and had a bit of an impact. We did a good survey and the movement is good. Until the finish, Keagan Dolly kept going and the goalkeeper saved,” said Baxter.

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