Absa Premiership

Baxter won't blame Derby

2015-03-12 11:08
Stuart Baxter (Gallo)

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 United.

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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 challenging tie.

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 back."

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.

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