Chiefs were outplayed: Baxter

By Drum Digital
02 May 2013

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter admits his side came off second best, both technically and tactically, in their shock 3-1 defeat to Ajax Cape Town on Wednesday night.

It was a tight game throughout, with the Urban Warriors scoring twice in the final five minutes to seal the win, as the visitors stumbled in their charge for the Absa Premiership crown.

"Ajax dealt much better with the (slippery) pitch," Baxter said.

"Their technical performance was much better than ours which meant that their combination play gave them results.

"On this surface we ran the ball too much in dangerous areas, but it's difficult in these conditions. With your head down it's difficult to make a precise through pass, so you are usually only playing with the people five or six yards around you.

With Platinum Stars securing a 2-0 win over Maritzburg United in their midweek fixture, they climbed within three points of AmaKhosi with two matches left in the league season.

"If you play for a team like Chiefs, like Manchester United, then you are expected to go and give a performance under certain demands and pressure," Baxter said.

"They have done well all season with it, but maybe now it's getting to the sharp end of the stick, some people are making poor decisions."

Ajax, meanwhile, lifted themselves three points clear of the relegation zone.

New coach Muhsin Ertugral sat on the bench for the first time since joining the club last week (he was in the stands for the derby draw against Chippa United at the weekend) and was thrilled with the character shown by his side.

"We didn't have a lot of time, but the boys actually are amazing," Ertugral said.

"The hunger, the way they played, we were very aggressive in one-on-one situations, and in winning the ball back. I'm very proud of the boys."

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