Baxter still hurting about Sundowns

Matsatsantsa’s five-goal humbling last week – their worst PSL defeat since a 5-0 loss to Arcadia Shepherds in 1990 – appears to have also knocked the stuffing out of their title challenge.

They did, however, bounce back with a 5-0 thumping of Barrack Young Controllers in the CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday.

But ahead of another league clash with Pitso Mosimane’s side on Wednesday, Baxter admits the first defeat still hurts.

“I don’t like to saying revenge because everybody says that,” said Baxter. “But we are professional and we are hurting and so that hurt, we want to use it in a positive way like we did tonight [against Barrack] and hopefully we will do that against Sundowns.”

Baxter’s side are set to enter the game against The Brazilians still minus attacking midfielder Thabo Mnyamane after he received a red card during the Nedbank Cup match against KwaDukuza United in Durban recently.

Meanwhile, SuperSport’s players insist the possibility of their coach departing for Bafana Bafana is not weighing on their minds despite the downturn in results.

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“I don’t think it has affected us,” midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane tells KickOff.com.

“There is news every day about players and coaches leaving clubs. He is still with us. He is still our coach. We work with him.

“Whatever happens after, it’s his decision. He is our coach at the moment. We are working with him and don’t really think about other things.”

Dean Furman says the disappointing defeat to Baroka FC at the beginning of April also had nothing to do with Baxter’s situation.

“The performance against Baroka was disappointing and as players we are the ones on the pitch, we are the ones playing, we are the ones to take responsibility,” he adds.

“It had nothing to do with the coach. Whatever is happening with the coach is up to the coach and whoever he is talking to. As players we have spoken to the coach, the coach has spoken to us. We will fully focus on the league as he is [still] with us.

“We are working extremely hard, we are fully focused and whatever is happening outside the camp is irrelevant to us as players,” concludes Furman.

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