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Stuart Baxter applauds SuperSport United players' character

Posted: 28 May 2016 Time: 17:40

SuperSport United coach Stuart Baxter has hailed his players performance after coming from behind to beat Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup final.

Matsatsansta fought back from a goal down to beat the Buccaneers 3-2 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday afternoon, to win their fourth Nebdank Cup.

The Tshwane side showed great fighting spirit, hunger and determination to overcome their Soweto counterparts, who put out a resurgent second half performance.

An overjoyed Baxter admitted their second half wasn't as smooth as their first, but credited his players for holding out until the end and wrapping up proceedings in regular time.

"We played an excellent tactical first half, and we knew they were going to throw the kitchen sink at us with three at the back," Bexter told SuperSport after match.

"We gave them a goal back from some sloppy play at the back and then we had to weather the storm.

"But I don't know, the depths of the character that the lads have shown after going 1-0 down to Pirates and winning is the biggest quality today."

The former Kaizer Chiefs coach also reserved praised for substitute goalkeeper Boalefa Pule, who came in with 13 minutes left on the clock and to keep his side in the game.

"I'm really, really pleased and proud that Pule went in under immense pressure, and he was absolutely faltless," he added.

"I think, again, the squad has won this competition; not this team, the whole squad has won it – it's been brilliant!"

Article by: Staff Reporter
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