Baxter: We refused to get beat

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter praised his side's never-say-die attitude after their 1-1 draw with AmaZulu.

Chiefs appeared to be heading to their fifth defeat of the season after Luvuyo Memela's strike put Usuthu in front but Amakhosi won a penalty in the third minute of stoppage time, which Keagan Dolly converted to claim a share of the spoils.

And Baxter praised his side for never giving up and playing right up until the final whistle.

"Very good game of football I thought," he told SuperSport TV. "

"Intense. Pitch was a little bit slippery and slick when it's wet so a lot of first touches are going away and then that means there are a lot of tackles that you're tempted into and then you get free-kicks given against you.

"I thought both teams kept on going. Difficult match to officiate. But that's up to us, We were professional, we kept on going. I think that both of the teams did a very good job at it."

When asked about his side's missed chances, Baxter said: "We're used to it. We said at half-time we've got to change. That ten percent would have a massive impact on our season. We played away against Sundowns, played well, dominated large periods of the game but lost.

"And today we played against a team that finished second last season. And again I thought we dominated large parts of the game where we should score. We didn't and it looked like we could have got beat. The lads kept going. Created a few chances at the death. Opened ourselves to a lot of counter-attacks trying to get the point and all credit to the boys for sticking it out.

"We really wanted to get as many attacking players on. You know Arsene Wenger he says when you are looking to win the game get your attacking players on the field as soon as possible. And basically we tried to accommodate all of them. Give Happy the wide role where he can get a few crosses in. Get Lebo closer to the strikers. Keagan wide to drive inside.

"We refused to get beat. I think as I say the ten percent if we can improve the critical phases that decide games of football. You know we played the good football to get someone in, you've got to bury that. We can't open the second half like I said critical phase, don't open up too much and we open ourselves massively, make a mistake and they score. We can't do that. That's not a recipe for winning football. There's a lot that needs to change to make it a recipe for winning football.

"The boys are working very hard. And I hope the supporters make sure they support them in that. We need to try make something last a long time, not just get a lucky win and then everybody's happy and you can have a drink at the weekend."

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