Baxter holds derby edge for Chiefs

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter might not have had the best of starts to his second stint at the club but will head into the Soweto derby feeling encouraged by what has happened in this fixture whenever he has been involved.

Saturday’s Soweto derby meeting will be the 100th league match for Baxter as he seeks to improve the fortunes of AmaKhosi.

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Across all official competitions, the match at FNB Stadium will be the tenth against Orlando Pirates for the Briton who comes in carrying the edge in this fixture.

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From nine, Baxter has won three, drawn five and lost just once.

He drew both games in his first season then lost the 2013 MTN8 semi-final first leg with the second leg a 1-1 stalemate.

In that 2013/14 season, he drew 1-1 in the league before winning 1-0 in the reverse leg courtesy of Willard Katsande’s goal.

The next season he won the MTN8 final 1-0 with Tefu Mashamaite scoring the winner.

In his last season before leaving, Chiefs were 2-0 winners in the first league match with Siphiwe Tshabalala and Siphelele Mthembu on target while the reverse fixture was a goalless draw.

"We are going into a derby and a derby is a must-win game all the time. I have never played a derby where it is okay to get a draw," points out Baxter.

"We want to put together a game plan that will win us the game. We will do the best we can. The derby takes on its own life. It has a game plan. Get the players motivated.

"Get them balanced. Get them in the frame of mind that they can go on to the field and win the game. That is what both coaches will be doing," he notes.

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