Absa Premiership

Mixed emotions for Baxter

2015-02-23 12:11
Stuart Baxter (Gallo)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter had mixed feelings about his side's performance on Saturday, despite seeing off Edu sports FC 4-0 in the Nedbank Cup last 32.

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Siphelele Mthembu took home the match ball after scoring a hat-trick while Katlego Mphela also got on the score sheet, although the Glamour Boys could arguably have won by an even more impressive score line, but for some wasteful finishing.

"It was good to see Siphelele Mthembu and Katlego 'Killer' Mphela scoring," Baxter told Chiefs' official website.

"However, we need to convert more of the chances we get."

He continued: "Some raised their hands, others didn't. Pule (Hendrick Eckstein) was lively, the crowd reacted to that. However, I also told him: 'Use the crowd to enhance your performance. But play with us, not with the crowd. You must be a team player'.

"We are still looking for a number 9 to replace Kingston Nkhatha, someone who can link-up the play between midfield and attack.

“(David) Zulu is not that kind of striker. He played at 10 today, but I am not sure if that is his best role. It will still take a while for David to settle at Chiefs.

"Killer scored a good goal. However, he's still a bit behind with his fitness regime and game experience.

“That last aspect is not easy to solve with the many competitive games coming up that we need to win. There is little room for experiments. Yes, I will try to rotate, but we also want to stay competitive and keep the rhythm.

"Coming back to the number 9 role, Siphelele is the most like Kingston. However, it's important that we tackle Kingston's loss as a team."

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