Forget the winning record, Baxter warns Chiefs

2014-10-21 16:40

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter hopes his team will not get carried away by the hype of setting a new Premier Soccer League record, when they host Moroka Swallows tomorrow night.

Chiefs broke Mamelodi Sundowns’ seven-year record of 14 consecutive victories across all competitions when they defeated Ajax Cape Town last Sunday.

Baxter, however, warned his team could come crashing back down to earth if too much attention was paid to “immaterial” statistics, which, in his opinion, had the potential to cloud the team’s focus.

“People have been showering me with statistics over the last two days,” Baxter said ahead of the contest at FNB Stadium.

“I really, honestly want the players to forget about the run. We’re doing well at the moment, with a nice little lead, so just keep playing.

“Even these wins, or the goals we’ve let in, don’t matter. It won’t help us against Swallows. If we go out thinking that we’ve got all these records and we play poorly, then we will lose the game.”

Chiefs have resembled a runaway train this season, having maintained a 100% record stretching back to the last two games of last season. They have netted twenty-three goals and conceded two.

Baxter said the most important statistic, and the only one his team should focus on, was the one at the far right of the league table – a 10 point lead.

Chiefs found themselves in a similar position midway through last season, when they had opened a 10-point gap over Mamelodi Sundowns.

Sundowns eventually overturned that lead and ended up being crowned Premiership champions.

Baxter believed Chiefs would not let the same thing happen again.

“We’ve created a slightly different mindset to last year. We want to win while they (other teams) need to win.

“When you want something, it’s a positive thing. When you need it, it can be a negative thing.”

Amakhosi face a hapless Moroka Swallows side, reeling from the resignation of their coach Zeca Marques on Monday.

The Birds suffered their fifth defeat of the season on Saturday, losing 2-3 to Mpumalanga Black Aces.

Swallows have conceded a dismal 20 goals from their nine games in league and cup action so far this season, at a rate of more than two goals per game.

In their last five fixtures, Swallows have leaked 14 goals which not the kind of statistic stand-in coach Fani Madida would want to be sharing with the opposition.

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