JOHANNESBURG – Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has lavished praise on his players for what he described as “not giving up a victory” following their 3-2 South African Premiership football win over Moroka Swallows on Tuesday at FNB Stadium.
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The Amakhosi twice took a lead only for Swallows to equalise, but then scored a winner through Lehlohonolo Majoro deep into injury time to extend their lead at the top of the standings.
While Baxter admitted he was not happy with the performance, especially his defence, he was pleased that his players did not want to give up on the victory.
“I thought we played very well at times in the first half, I thought Swallows came back and they gave us all the trouble we couldn’t handle and I don’t think we defended very well,” Baxter said.
“That’s where the Swallows coach will compliment his players the same as I compliment my players for the attacking play. Zeca will look at his defending too.”
With Swallows coach Zeca Marques blasting referee Victor Gomez for the manner in which he officiated the game, Baxter also agreed that there were some strange decisions throughout and that he felt for Swallows the way they lost the match.
“I think it was a fantastic game for the supporters, but I don’t think it was very good for the hearts on the benches. I know what Zeca is alluding to with his comments; I think there were some strange ones throughout the game,” he said.
“The players did a fantastic job to keep their nerve, keep battling away and if I’m going to give my players one last row, it would be for the stubbornness not to want to give up the victory. ”