SuperSport United coach Stuart Baxter says they will use the pain of TKO defeat to motivate themselves
Posted: 10 December 2016 Time: 21:03
Stuart Baxter was gracious in defeat as his SuperSport United side failed to claim the Telkom Knockout title on Saturday evening.
Matsatsantsa were beaten 2-1 by Cape Town City at the Peter Mokaba Stadium as Baxter's wait to lift the TKO trophy - the only piece of domestic silverware he has never got hands on - continues.
"I thought the first-half was probably quite even with chances both sides. I think they probably edged a number of chances but I thought the play was quite even in different ways. I wasn't happy with the way that we were playing both defensively and offensively," he admitted to SuperSport TV following the game.
"I thought we came out [in the second-half] and did a little bit better and they were resting a little bit more and hitting on counters because they were happy with the 1-0 scoreline and we gradually got to a better game around their box which meant we got an equaliser and if we had kept it for ten minutes I think we would have had a chance of going on to win it but we didn't. We know that's a critical phase of the game [after scoring] and they scored a goal immediately."
The veteran coach was more than willing to give credit where it was due and praised the opposition coach for his role in helping the City Boyz to a first ever piece of silverware.
Despite struggling to hide his disappointment he also went on to elaborate as to how the loss would serve them going forward.
"Congratulations to Eric [Tinkler] and his boys. Eric has worked very hard, he's worked very hard and he deserves one," Baxter said.
"We're losers today and second is really nothing though, is it? But we'll take it and we'll take all the pain that goes with it and maybe that will motivate us to keep playing."