Baxter: We should've conceded four goals


Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter admitted his side should have been put to the sword by three or four goals after the 1-1 draw with AmaZulu.

Chiefs were on top in the opening 15 minutes but from then on it was all Usuthu, who if they took their chances, could have scored several goals.

While Baxter felt the first half wasn't too bad, he said his side 'completely lost' their structure in the second half and says if he was AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy he would be going 'mental' that his side did not score at least three or four goals.

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"This is on prime-time television. I can't swear, can I? Baxter asked SuperSport TV tongue-in-cheek. "I thought it was poor game. I thought we were good for about 15-20 minutes. And then for some reason we switched off. We had good control of the game but then we switched off and AmaZulu got back into the game in the last 15-20 minutes of the first half where they were threatening without being really dangerous.

"And then second half we wanted to be braver, we wanted to get on the ball more. But that just led to us losing structure completely. And the red card put us up against the wall and we concede what is a very poor goal. But through the whole of the second half the decision-making on our side was very very poor.

"If I was Benni, I would be going mental that they didn't put us to the sword by three or four goals because I thought we were that bad."

The Amakhosi tactician then criticised the referee for inconsistency when it came to dishing out yellow cards. There were nine yellow cards handed out in an ill-tempered match, but Baxter felt there could have been even more bookings.

"You're not supposed to criticise the referees," he said. "But the referee set a precedent in the first half when just in front of me one of the players went in over the top of the ball. He gave the free-kick, he saw the incident but he gave no yellow card. He warned him.

"He said this is the last time and then five minutes later the guy pulls the player back, clear sabotage, and didn't get a yellow card there. So I'm thinking well what is he yellow-carding and what is he not. I think if Cole's got a yellow card that is a yellow card offence and therefore the red card is okay. But a little bit of consistency would not hurt."