It was another nervous start for Kaizer Chiefs that ultimately cost them three points in their Premiership match against Moroka Swallows at FNB Stadium.
“We opened slowly again and I wasn’t too happy with that at the beginning,” said Stuart Baxter after the game.
“We just looked nervous.”
The Birds controlled large parts of the encounter yesterday and led 1-0 after 56 minutes, only for Chiefs to click into gear and equalise almost immediately. But the score remained 1-1 as both sides went in search of the win in the tense final exchanges of the clash.
Chiefs began the game in a similar fashion to what they did against Orlando Pirates at the same venue four days prior, and Baxter was left frustrated with just one point.
Baxter admitted Chiefs could have gone behind as early as the second minute, as Luvhengo Mungomeni reeled off an acrobatic effort, which required an equally agile effort from captain and goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune to keep the scores level.
“The pitch was a bit difficult and both teams made mistakes. Then we started finding our rhythm,” said Baxter.
“But Swallows were always lively. They were always tidy on the ball and a couple of their players can do special things.”
Going into half-time goalless, both sides came out in a more attacking mood and the game opened up completely and it was Swallows who took the lead against the run of play.
“The second half must have been a fantastic half for supporters. I thought we were getting on top and then they scored,” Baxter said.
While Baxter said his side were below par, he hoped they would improve in the coming games.
“We didn’t slide as well as we normally do. We mixed some fantastic football with some average football.
“It could have gone either way, 1-1 is something we can all live with.
“There were too many opportunities at both ends to be called comfortable for either side.”
Meanwhile, Swallows coach Zeca Marques was delighted to get the point against the defending league champions on their home turf.
“This draw today (Tuesday) was a huge morale booster, and psychologically it was huge for us,” said Marques.
“We came to try and steal three points from Chiefs. Every point is precious.”
While his side could have lost too, Marques was pleased with the technical approach of his charges.
“I told my players the least we could walk away with was one point. I could see certain things were lacking, but tactically we stuck to the game plan.”
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