Kaizer Chiefs may have won the Soweto derby against Orlando Pirates, but Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter knows it wasn’t an easy win at Orlando’s stadium on Saturday.
Amakhosi had a bright start to the game, putting pressure on the opposition and they were rewarded with a goal just before 20 minutes of play, but Bucs equalized midway through the second half, only for Amakhosi to steal the win in the closing minutes of the game. game.
In his match perspective, Baxter reveals that the draw was tactically planned, but feels his side was inconsistent in their play.
“After we scored, Pirates threw the sink at us. They managed to get a goal back and bombed us. It was a terrible mistake on our part. They managed to get behind us, they grabbed second balls and worked flick-ons. We scored the second goal, we thought it was all over, but it wasn’t,” said Baxter.
The Buccaneers came down hard on the Chiefs in the closing moments of the game, which could have taken a point out of the game, something Baxter acknowledges.
“We didn’t play well in those last 10 minutes and Pirates worked themselves out (looking for an equalizer). It became a struggle to keep what we got. We could have given away the win in a game like that. But we are happy to have won the derby, but we will have to be better than that. I thought it was a tough derby. We did well in the first half when we were well organised.
On the losing side, Bucs coach Mandla Ncikazi believes his charges deserved more from what they got out of the game and just because they lost the game doesn’t mean the Chiefs were better than them on the day.
“Very disappointing, the most disappointing is that Chiefs scored two goals, but we should have scored more. I don’t think they even created many chances. Not the best game for us, but again, it’s not like the opponents were better than us. It’s just that they scored two goals,” said Ncikazi.
“We created better chances, but we didn’t take them, so we lost the game. Not that the opponents outperformed us, it was just a matter of not taking our chances.”
Ncikazi wants his players to forget the derby result and focus on their next assignment, a Nedbank Cup clash with Marumo Gallants for a spot in the quarter-finals of the competition at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday. Meanwhile, Amakhosi have a week to prepare for their next league game against Golden Arrows on Saturday at the FNB stadium.