We've got a lot of work to do: Baxter

By Drum Digital
25 February 2014

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter admitted that his team was given a serious scare by their less fancied opponents.

Following his side's 1-0 win over National First Division (NFD) outfit Black Leopards in the opening round of the Nedbank Cup on Sunday,

Leopards put their visitors on the back foot early on and felt they could have gone on to win the game, were it not for a late goal from Knowledge Musona in the 110th minute that booked Amakhosi's spot in the next round.

"We've got a lot of work to do," Baxter said after the game at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

"It was difficult for our lads to get themselves going and they soon realised they've got a game on their hands. Far too many times we lost concentration both in possession and out of possession."

Leopards managed not only to subdue their premiership opposition, but also had several chances fall their way that could have been put away. Chiefs struggled to assert themselves and found the going tough, as Leopards dominated the midfield exchanges and forced the Glamour Boys into a host of mistakes in their half of the field.

"Some of the things that went wrong today, there's no real excuse," Baxter added.

"If you drop off at the back and try to press in midfield, that becomes a 30-metre gap between the defence and the midfield, then you're inviting them into that space. That's one thing we need to work on."

"One of the things we have to work on is that we don't produce the spaces that people can play in."


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