Baxter admits Kaizer Chiefs substitutions failed in disastrous Royal AM thrashing


Kaizer Chiefs head coach Stuart Baxter has made a revealing admission that his substitutions failed to impact the match in a disastrous 4-1 defeat against Royal AM.

Baxter's side were humbled by DStv Premiership new boys in a league encounter at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

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A brace by Victor Letsoalo alongside an own goal by substitute Sibusiso Mabiliso and a stoppage-time strike by Mfundo Thiakzi left the Soweto giants languishing in 12th position in the standings after four matches played.

Speaking after the final whistle, Baxter admitted that his substitutions failed to have the desired result.

"You can keep on pushing until the end but what happened this evening was that in our pushing I've changed the personnel at the front.

"For them to find each other immediately is a big ask, but I thought the fresh legs may just give that little boost that we could get a goal back and then push on.

"Well we did get a goal back, but we didn't push on, we allowed a goal straight away.

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Baxter added that it was understandable that Chiefs heads dropped in such a heavy defeat.

"If you're thinking of heads dropping it's undoubtedly going to be an issue in a 3-1 at home," Baxter added.

"You're basically making substitutions trying to affect the game and they were just not affecting the game, it's [heads dropping] going to be an issue.

"When I say heads dropping I don't mean people throwing the towel in, I mean showing their disappointment.

"I think that's something that's unavoidable."

Chiefs next face a league clash against Marumo Gallants at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 17:00.

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