Matsimela: Some players were panicking

Premiership

Baroka FC coach Thoka Matsimela admits his side should have been at least 4-0 down at half-time, but praised their response in the second half against Kaizer Chiefs.

It truly was a game of two halves. Baroka were disappointing in the first half, while Chiefs were scintillating. But Amakhosi took their foot off the pedal in the second half, which allowed Baroka back into the game, who did well in the second period to unsettle Amakhosi with their long-ball game.

There was far too much space in behind the Baroka defence in the first-half and Matsimela was less than impressed with his side's rearguard in the opening 45.

"I'm very worried about our defence," Matsimela told SuperSport TV.

"We threw the game away first half. We were a little bit shaky. I don't know what that was about. We weren't defending. We were not looking like a team that's ready to play. It happens. But we threw it first-half.

"Some players at the back were panicking and ball-watching. If you can see Khama is a speedy player, you have to deal with that. Chiefs should have scored five goals which would have been embarrassing for us."

However, the Baroka coach was happy with the reaction and character shown by his players in the second half as they almost salvaged a draw with the last kick of the match through Farmer's header at the back post, which was well saved by Bruce Bvuma.

"Second half we tried to fix it," he said.

"We brought in three players. Nhlanhla (Mgaga), Denwin (Farmer) and Kamatuka. And then a little bit of life tried to come. That's where we managed to get a goal. Some of the chances we got we should have made the right decision.

"I think the subs made a difference. If you don't start well and you bring the changes, it can change the complexion of the game. It's difficult to play against Chiefs 2-0 down.

"The character they showed second half, I'm really very happy about the boys. We just need to get the final pass in the final third right. It's one of those things. We can't panic. We need to go back to the drawing board and see where we went wrong and fix it."

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