Absa Premiership

Baxter: We showed immense character

2016-05-30 07:40
SuperSport United (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - SuperSport United coach Stuart Baxter praised his side's "immense depth of character" after they clinched the Nedbank Cup trophy with a 3-2 victory over Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

The Swanky Boys looked to be facing an uphill battle after conceding in the 12th minute at the Peter Mokaba Stadium as Luvuyo Memela opened the scoring.

However, Baxter's side responded magnificently, drawing level through Jeremy Brockie just three minutes later and they went into the half-time break with a two-goal advantage, after goals from Bradley Grobler and Michael Boxall.

Clayton Daniels then put the ball in his own net after the half-time break to hand the Buccaneers a lifeline, but SuperSport managed to recover and held on firmly in the remainder of the second-half to secure a hard-fought win.

"I thought we played an excellent tactical first half," Baxter said. "We knew they were going to then come out with three at the back and throw the kitchen sink at it.

"We give them a goal back with sloppy play, and then had to weather the storm.

"The boys have shown immense depth of character. The team's character is the biggest quality today."

Baxter also had words of praise for substitute Boalefa Pule, who produced a solid showing in goal after replacing the injured Ronwen Williams.

"I'm really pleased and proud that Pule goes in under immense pressure and was absolutely faultless," Baxter added.

"Once again, this squad has won this cup. It's not just this team, it's the whole squad who has won this cup. It's been brilliant."

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