While the trophy-hunting exploits of Kaizer Chiefs hit a major speed bump following their loss to Orlando Pirates over the weekend, Amakhosi coach Stuart Baxter hopes his side will find form against Moroka Swallows tomorrow.
“Good teams react and I hope we react in the coming game,” Baxter said after his team’s 1-0 cup defeat on Saturday.
“We didn’t come out of the blocks very well. We’ve not tasted defeat for a while so it’s a bitter pill to swallow.”
Chiefs play their second Soweto derby in the space of four days when they take on the Birds in a Premiership clash at FNB Stadium, and their recent defeat would have provided hard lessons for Baxter’s troops. After a poor performance in the first half against the Bucs, Baxter said the team would have to rectify the way they played from the first whistle.
“I didn’t think we would be so passive, or so slow, to shift our lines.
“That’s something the players will have to look at and make sure they don’t do too often.”
While Chiefs dispatched University of Pretoria 3-0 earlier in the month, their inability to take chances upfront would require something of a quick fix for the defending Premiership champions.
For Baxter, Knowledge Musona could be just what the doctor ordered.
The 23-year-old Zimbabwean international failed to impress on the weekend when he came off the bench, but the coach felt his young striker would soon be banging in the goals.
“Knowledge is getting better in training. He’s working well with his movement and linking with other people, which he learnt to do in Germany.
“At Chiefs, we’re asking him to play on the shoulder, and drive back lines down.
“He’s doing it better and I’m more pleased with that, than worrying about him wasting a chance.”
Baxter called on the fans to be patient with Musona’s progress.
“Ian Rush was the greatest goalscorer we ever saw in England and he once went 16 games without scoring, so I’m not worried about a few chances missed by Knowledge today.
“Alex Ferguson used to say: ‘Don’t look at my new players before they’ve played between five and 10 games.’
“I don’t think it will take that long for Knowledge to settle.”
Tomorrow’s fixtures: Kaizer Chiefs vs Moroka Swallows (FNB Stadium), AmaZulu vs Black Aces (Princess Magogo Stadium).
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