Baxter calm about Mphela drama

Nedbank Cup

Mpela scored with a brilliant direct strike that would have made it 2-2 on the night but the referee’s hand was always raised for an indirect free-kick, and the goal was correctly disallowed.

An understrength Eagles team gave a good account of themselves but ultimately did not have enough to trouble an organised SuperSport side.

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“We always said this would be a difficult game. I thoght the lads approached it very well,” Baxter said on SuperSport TV.

“We had better control of the game in second half, got the 2-1, and then the drama at the finish [with Mphela’s free-kick].

“We were saying if he’s gonna hit it, this is an indirect free-kick, so a bit of drama, crowd got a bit angry but it’s a cup game so emotions are important parts of the cup. We’re happy to be in the next round.”

Baxter now turns his attention to the CAF Confederation Cup on the weekend when his side face Al-Ahly Shendy needing to overturn a 3-2 defeat in the away leg.

“We’ll try to just recuperate the players as quick as we can. We’ve got a game again at the weekend against Al-Ahly of Sudan and we want to turn that around,” he added.

“We’ve got a decent situation, we’ve got two away-goals, so we’ll try and recuperate the boys, pick the strongest team we can and have a right go at that one.”