PSL

Bitter-sweet victory for Baxter

2013-12-17 12:27
Stuart Baxter (Gallo)

Johannesburg - Head coach Stuart Baxter has warned Kaizer Chiefs they will need to maintain their intensity throughout every soccer game if they hope to retain their Premiership title.

Knowledge Musona scored for the hosts in the sixth minute at FNB Stadium on Monday night, and while they dominated the match, Amakhosi were unable to get another goal past the University of Pretoria defence and had to settle for a 1-0 win.

"We're in a resource-driven industry, and of course I'm happy with three points, but if we're going to be serious about this, then we need to make sure we don't have the dip we had in the second half," Baxter said.

"We've worked very hard to get rid of that and then we fell back into it in this match, which is not pleasing."

While Chiefs drew level on points with log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, who maintained a narrow advantage on goal difference, Tuks were left struggling in 12th place in the top-flight standings.

Tuks defender Buhle Mkhwanazi, the man of the match, lashed out at his team-mates for their lethargic start to the fixture.

While the visitors created a few opportunities in the second period, they were on the back foot for most of the game after conceding the early goal.

"It's a worrying factor because you can't, as a team, come to a game without even creating a chance," Mkhwanazi said.

"In the second half we woke up, but I believe our guys have to step up from the word go, not wait for things to be bad before they come to the party."

Tuks assistant coach Samuel Troughton, who was in charge for the match, admitted his side was fortunate to get away with a narrow defeat.

"To be honest, we could have been a couple of goals down at half-time," Troughton said.

"We were lucky to come through just with the one goal... and we've said to the players they need to pick things up.

"We need to be a bit braver and we need to be more consistent in all aspects of the game."

Read more on:    kaizer chiefs  |  psl  |  stuart baxter  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Sacked Moyes speaks out

18 minutes ago

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
23 April 2014
Wits v Kaizer Chiefs, Bidvest Stadium 19:30
Golden Arrows v SuperSport United, Princess Magogo Stadium 19:30
26 April 2014
Free State Stars v Black Aces, Goble Park 15:00
Orlando Pirates v Platinum Stars, Orlando Stadium 15:00
Wits v Maritzburg United, Bidvest Stadium 20:15
Mamelodi Sundowns v SuperSport United, Loftus Stadium 20:15
27 April 2014
Bloemfontein Celtic v Ajax Cape Town, Free State Stadium 15:00
Polokwane City v Moroka Swallows, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Which team will walk away winners of the 2013/14 Absa Premiership title?

 
 
Featured Blog

The stock of Bulls and Sharks 2014 Super Rugby jerseys are slowly becoming available after the festive season break, writes blogger Baylion.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.