Baxter applauds Chiefs 'character' after tough win


Following the 2-1 win over a lively and determined Free State Stars side, Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter admits his side were perhaps fortunate to get all three points.

AmaKhosi found themselves on the back-foot, going a goal behind shortly after the break after Fikru Tefera found the net with a breath-taking volley on the turn.

But Chiefs fought back to secure victory, thanks to Reneilwe Letsholanyane’s well-taken if slightly fortuitous header and then Bernard Parker’s right-footed free kick.

With the title chase at present shaping into a three horse race between Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Platinum Stars, the three points earned at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night could prove to be crucial.

Baxter was certainly happy with the maximum point haul, especially after taking into account that his side had battled to contain a gallant Ea Lla Koto team.

“The character they showed tonight, it’s the sort of character that keeps you in games where you are not playing your best. And we weren’t, but Manchester United sometimes don’t play well, and they still win games, and that is the quality we have got to try and keep when we can,” said the former Bafana Bafana head coach.

Baxter concedes that things did not look good when Tefera fired in an audacious opening goal.

“Steve [Khompela] put together a game plan where we had problems trying to get our normal game going. We ground out 45 minutes of an even game and then they scored a wonder goal which really puts you up against it.

“We made a few changes, we changed our game-plan, we went a little bit more direct, a little bit more pressing, we asked more questions of them.

“We know the critical phases of the game are vital, so when the transitions are not working we worked very hard on our set play and we worked very hard in the last 10 minutes of the game, and the boys came up really big with a massive effort,” he


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