'Performance more important than goals'
Posted: 14 October 2018 Time: 18:00
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has downplayed the fact that his side scored six goals as he praised the manner in which the players performed.
Bafana registered their biggest win since readmission to international football in 1992, when they thrashed Seychelles 6-0 in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday.
Despite the underwhelming turnout at the FNB Stadium, those in attendance were treated to a good display of football and an avalanche of goals to cap it off - something rare for the national team.
The result also proved a massive boost to their goal difference on the Group E standings, which Bafana now leads with a one-point advantage over Nigeria with three games to play.
However, while welcoming the sizable scoreline, Baxter outlined the quality of the performance on the day as he lauded the players for maintaining their standard despite dominating on all fronts from early on.
“Yeah, a very good win. We can get carried away with the fact that we scored six goals, and say it was a good win because of six goals but that would be taking a lot away from the players’ performance,” said the Briton.
“To start with, you’re coming up against the underestimation factor which has not been our strong suit, so we worked very hard during the week to try and negate that.
“And then you score three goals in the first half in poor weather, and play some very good football, and then you’ve got to go out in the second half and put your foot to the floor again.
“When, at half-time, it’s very easy for players to relax and it becomes a 3-1 [scenario] because they get an off-side goal or a penalty.
“So, I think the way the players played should be congratulated, maybe, more than the fact that we got six goals because they played very, very well.
“They were very well disciplined, they stuck to the game-plan and structure. The subs that went on did exactly what you would want them to do, and I just thought they all did a fantastic job.
“Yes, it’s a great win, but I think we should say it’s a great win for the right reasons.”