Cape Town - Kaizer
Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter refused to use last weekend's gruelling Soweto Derby
clash as an excuse after his side slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Maritzburg
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Amakhosi entered this week's Harry Gwala Stadium encounter
on the back of a goalless draw against bitter rivals Orlando Pirates on
Saturday, with that match having been both a mentally and physically
And, it appeared to take its toll on Chiefs as they failed
to convert any of their numerous chances against the Team of Choice, who
eventually struck the winner nine minutes from time through Khumbulani Banda.
However, when asked whether the Derby had any lasting effect
on his side, Baxter said: "No, I don't think so.
"The total programme has been a slog to us; but the
Derby in itself is not an excuse for this.
"However, I think it was the best football we have
played this year and it didn't turn out to goals and I expected the same and
they clawed their way back into the game.
"They worked very hard and sucked in confidence, and in
the last 15 minutes, it was them pushing us back rather than us pushing them
Chiefs have now seen their lead at the top of the
Premeirship standings cut down to just eight points after second-placed
Mamelodi Sundowns thrashed Polokwane City 5-0.