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SuperSport's Stuart Baxter praises Morne Nel display against Mpumalanga Black Aces in Nedbank Cup

Posted: 23 April 2016 Time: 09:23

SuperSport United coach Stuart Baxter singled out teenager Morne Nel for praise following the 2-1 win over Mpumalanga Black Aces in the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals on Friday night.

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Baxter felt his side were poor in the first half but improved as the likes of substitute Nel took control in midfield at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville.

"To be very honest I thought we were poor in the first half. We still had a few chances and every time we played with a bit of quality we looked dangerous. But far too often that final pass was not very good, and our shape and our pressing … we weren’t supporting properly," Baxter said.

"We changed a few things at halftime, and I think Morne Nel … when he came on he really got a hold of the game the way we wanted to, and I thought at times in the second half our possession, not transition, was excellent.

"Of course it’s a cup game – it’s end to end and it could go either way, but I thought that was a good advert for the Nedbank Cup and we’re glad that we came out on the right side of the win."

The Briton joined winger Thuso Phala in praising the team's character in a come-from-behind victory.

"We’ve been making a habit of it. I told the players at halftime that you’ve gone 1-0 down more times than I can remember. Even against Tuks that was the way we got here, by going 3-1 down.

"So there is no lack of character, no lack of desire, but sometimes we allow that to drive us to quick and then we lose our quality. When we can get that balanced in a nice marriage then we are not a bad side."

Article by: Staff Reporter
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