Kaizer Chiefs head coach Stuart Baxter has rued a disastrous 4-1 defeat to Royal AM in a DStv Premiership clash to hand a significant blow to his side's title aspirations.
Victor Letsoalo netted a brace for Thwihli Thwahla before an own goal by Sibusiso Mabiliso and stoppage-time strike by Mfundo Thikazi sealed an emphatic win for Royal AM.
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Speaking after the final whistle, a disappointed Baxter rued his side's costly defeat that may have tainted their start to the season.
"When we're in the situation we're in, trying to put together different sort of strategies within the team a 4-1 is absolutely not the desired result, Baxter said.
"The reason that it became a 4-1 result is because we chased the game and made poor decisions and poor mistakes.
"The reason we got a 4-1 if we had just kept it tight and kept playing, maybe it would've been 2-1 and people would not have been crying so much.
"We can't do that, we've got to go and try to win the game, we've got to try and get back into the game as in the MTN8 against Sundowns. So, you've got to try and do that."
Baxter also explained his thinking behind employing a back-three that seemed to struggle on the night as suggested by the scoreline.
"Against Baroka FC and in the last 15 minutes even against Sundowns, we conceded goals where we were switching the play from one side to the other.
"Our distances were a little bit long and we ended up crossing and we ended up being a man short in the centre.
"So we gave up goals like that despite playing quite well apart from that.
"If you remember the goals against Sundowns and the goal against Baroka from a set-play. With the Sundowns goal that was also at the far post.
"We're having that problem with our distances and we thought to then go with a back-three to bring our wing-back around to kill that space.
"So it has worked but we've still conceded goals in poor situations for us. The 4-3-3 [formation] in getting high and wide when we have the ball has helped us a lot.
"We looked very good and we've scored and had joy with it, but the question is can we defend as efficiently with the four as we can with the three plus two."
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