Absa Premiership

Baxter: Rollers punished us

2015-02-16 10:06
Stuart Baxter (file, Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter felt his side were made to pay for some wasteful play as Township Rollers pushed them all the way to the wire on Saturday.

Read: Chiefs offer rivals a glimmer of hope

Amakhosi welcomed the Gabarone-based club to the FNB Stadium on Saturday night as they looked to lay down a marker in the first leg of their CAF Champions League qualifier.

And they made a flying start to the encounter as Matthew Rusike fired the hosts in front after just six minutes of play. However, despite going to create a whole host of chances, Chiefs were unable to add to their advantage in the first stanza.

Their opponents didn't need a second invitation, though, as they drew level early in the second half and looked to be heading for a 1-1 draw until Tefu Mashamaite bagged the winning goal in injury time.

Speaking to his club's official website, Baxter said: "We always tell the team it takes a second to score a goal.

"I would have loved that we didn't concede a goal at home, but that's how it is."

He added: "It was a quite common scenario. We opened brightly. We scored the goal. We continued to create chances, but we failed to score more goals.

"That's when you are looking for danger, especially against Rollers, which is too good a team to let something like that go unpunished. And they did punish us, scoring the equalizer early in the second half.

"Thereafter the game became a bit tricky. We wanted to score, but we also tried not to give the ball away in dangerous areas for Rollers to punish us on the break."

On aspect of their play that was a major concern was his defensive midfield pairing's inability to hold onto the ball and find team-mates with their passes.

"I have never seen our defensive midfielder pairing lose so many balls through sloppy passing," Baxter said.

"They are normally brilliant, but not tonight. Even worse was that they lost possession of the ball in very bad positions on the field."

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