Stuart Baxter: Praise Players for hard fought Draw against Arrows

Amakhosi played almost two thirds of the match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban with 10 men following the 33rd minute red carding of Bafana Bafana midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane and still managed to secure in a goalless draw.

After the incident, both coaches exchanged heated words and a spectator also ran onto the field and struck referee Lwandile Mfiki with a vuvuzela.

“I thought at the start of the game we were very sloppy and very flat for some reason and we allowed the game to become stretched out, which meant it became a bit of an end-to-end game,” Baxter said afterwards. “We didn’t play with a lot of quality.

“The sending off, which I don’t think should have been a red card, was a collision at best.

“But that seemed to galvanise the team in some way. What the supporter did, you don’t like to see that and we’re absolutely against that sort of behaviour.

“At half time, we changed the shape of the team because we had a man sent off and a man injured after Morgan Gould had to come off.

“It was difficult to balance things, but the players played with great quality in the second half and I thought their tactical understanding was excellent.

“What encourages me, in the middle of a miserable feeling really, is the character of the players in the second half.

“With a little bit of luck, we could have won the game 2-0 or 3-0. So I’m very proud of the players.”

“This game is the same as the last one and the same as the next one,” Baxter said. “It’s one game and this is going to go down to the wire.

“A point in this game could win us the league, this one point could be the difference between winning or not winning the league.

“So you’ve got to play every game like it’s a cup final from now on. We have to win every one of them. We have to move on.”

“I think we’ve been top of the league since the first ball was kicked. You don’t produce a performance like we did in the second half if you’re nervous. I don’t think they’re feeling the pressure,” he quipped when quizzed about the pressure.

“Against any other team I think it would be considered as a chance missed,” he added. “But this is a big team that is leading the championship.”

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