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Baxter regrets tactical swap

Stuart Baxter (Gallo Images)
Stuart Baxter (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - SuperSport United coach Stuart Baxter has revealed that an untimely tactical switch led to their collapse in the 3-1 loss to Ajax Cape Town on Sunday.

After only two games in charge, Baxter believes the players are not yet at a stage where they understand his football philosophy to allow for a formational change during the game.

Scores were level at half-time after Tashreeq Morris scored for Ajax while Kingston Nkhatha grabbed the equalizer. 

A tactical change from Baxter at half-time was followed by a capitulation as Toriq Losper and Prince Nxumalo scored for Ajax.

"The difference in shape after only working with one session with the players in the time I have been here was a little bit too much for them," Baxter told KickOff.

"I will put my hand up and say we should have stuck with the same shape. We lost the initiative. I don't think that is what caused the goal. The second goal was more of an individual mistake. 

"That put us on the back foot because were hoping to go on and win the game and suddenly you are 2-1 down, that affects a lot of things. That affects lot of things we talked about in one week.

"The players are wondering, they start being disappointed and at that point we lost control of the game. We were chasing the game."

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