Absa Premiership

Baxter not worried about SSU form

2016-03-03 15:54
Stuart Baxter (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Stuart Baxter admits the inconsistency of Supersport United is worrying but he's happy to be given the time to imprint his philosophy on the squad.

The former Kaizer Chiefs boss has yet to enjoy two consecutive victories with Matsatsansa since taking over from Gordon Igesund, and admits it is awkward time to try and make tactical changes to suit the way he wants his side to play.

"You come into a club and say, 'How much can I actually change? Do I just give the players everything I've got and expect them to deal with it, and have them not know what's hit them?" Baxter told Sowetan Live.

"Or do I, as we're trying to do, change a few of the big structural things and then just give individual advice here and there, and hope the atmosphere, tempo and structure will get better?

"It's a difficult one, because every day you're thinking, 'Don't give them too much'. But I think the boys are doing a good job, and some of the football we're playing is what I want to play."

Another factor that has been giving the Scotsman sleepless nights is the poor form of captain Dean Furman, who has struggled to adapt to the Premiership since joining the Pretoria-based club in the off-season.

He added: "I think Dean is almost playing well. He's very close in what he's doing. Do you play him through this or rest him? I think with Dean, yes, you play him. With a more temperamental player maybe you wouldn't. I think Dean will want to work through this.

"You look at a player like Dean, who we know is a bit all-action, and say he's not at the pace. But I think sometimes things are not happening quickly enough in front of him so he's having to take an extra touch, and then he gets himself in trouble."

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