Baxter: 'Everybody needs game-time'

Telkom Knockout

Reyaad Pieterse, Kgotso Moleko, Siyabonga Nkosi and Siphiwe Tshabalala all started as Baxter rotated his squad.

Chiefs were not at their best and came under pressure from an improved Maritzburg performance, but still managed to secure their 12th win out of 12 this season.

"You're trying to strike this balance between consistency and a bit of rotation and everybody needs game-time, and when you try to be so clever, sometimes you disrupt the team more than you're helping," said Baxter.

"I thought the lads that came in, when we played well they played well, when we struggled they struggled. So I don't think it's them alone, some of the principles that we let slip, I think that's probably more responsible for any passes that go astray than their individual talents."

The Amakhosi coach had to again stress the need to finish games off and convert more of their chances.

"We had about four or five one-on-ones that you think on a normal day we're gonna score. A mixture of poor finishing and good goalkeeping has kept the score at one nil. Reyaad made a couple of very good saves from distance but one of those long strikes can go in and then you've got a real fight on your hands."