Baxter: They won't see one mistake
Posted: 15 October 2018 Time: 13:00
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter will be giving no attention to the mistakes from Saturday's match in their preparations for the return leg against Seychelles.
Bafana put out a valiant display to condemn The Pirates to an embarrassing 6-0 defeat in their round three 2019 AFCON qualifier at FNB Stadium on the weekend.
Despite the massive scoreline, there were plenty of missed chances – especially from striker Percy Tau – that could have seen the scoreline easily rise into double digits.
However, Baxter refused to throw the former Mamelodi Sundowns forward under the bus and insisted there is no need to rue the mistakes, while calling for more of what they did correctly when they take to the field in Mahe Island on Tuesday.
"I have to say, I don't think Percy was complacent. Maybe he got it and the one that he missed he was disappointed with himself, so he felt like he had to make up the difference," said Baxter.
"I won't focus at all – they won't see one mistake that was made today, because I think their overall performance [was good]. I think we should just show them a cavalcade of the good stuff and say we want more of that.
"We want more of that effort; we want more of that passion; we want more of that combination play; we want more of that work with the ball to get into positions so that we can shift the ball quickly.
"Because, I just think that when South Africans play in a structured enough way where they move the ball and use their speed and imagination in the right way, I think we have potential in this country.
"But, when we say we have potential just because we think we have, I think there's a certain area where we have real potential and I thought we hit that a lot [on Saturday].
"I won't be showing the players any of the negative stuff; I'll be showing them the good stuff and saying I want more of that."
The British tactician also reserved a word of praise for the younger contingent that played, and felt they had stepped up well.
"If you think about the younger players that we got onto the field, they didn't let anybody down, so I was delighted with that as well," he added.
The return leg is set to take place at the Stade Linde on Tuesday afternoon, with kick-off scheduled for 15h30 (SA time).