Stuart Baxter praises brave Nedbank Cup champions

Stuart Baxter praises brave Nedbank Cup champions
Bradley Grobler of Supersport United challenged by Patrick Phungwayo of Orlando Pirates during the 2017 Nedbank Cup Final match between Supersport United and Orlando Pirates at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban South Africa on 24 June 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Jun 25, 2017. 12:00

In the wake of their 4-1 drubbing of Orlando Pirates on Saturday night during the Nedbank Cup final, outgoing SuperSport United coach Stuart Baxter has praised his troops.

The English manager led the Ke Yona champions for the last time as he will now permanently take charge of the South African national team, Bafana Bafana.

United went into the encounter hoping to defend their trophy and goals from Bradley Grobler (brace), Jeremy Brockie and Kingston Nkhatha gave them the trophy.

Speaking after the match, Baxter said his men displayed good football at the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium.

"The lads gave a fantastic performance,” Baxter said.

“The first half was what we expected it to be, it was a bit cut-and-thrust. But once we got ourselves in front we were comfortable with the game-plan.

“Dare I say it could have run away to five or six [goals], and then we give up a penalty at the finish. I will try not to let that spoil my evening!

“We knew the way that games are when you play Pirates, there are individual skills that you have to negate, but what makes them strong also makes them weak at times.

“We needed to utilise that better and we changed a couple of things at halftime. Once we got ourselves in front, it became more and more obvious they were going to struggle because the more they opened, the more we hurt them.

“I thought the players were marvellous, their tactical awareness, to run the game in a cup final like they did, it was so cold, so clinical.

“It’s not about me, it’s about the team, the supporters and the football club. For me it’s a trophy and it’s nice on my CV.

"I like winning, so obviously I want to win trophies. I can’t thank the players or the football club enough.

“I am really proud to be the Bafana coach, I want to do as well as I can there, hopefully we will follow up the Nigeria result with a period of development where everybody gets on board and we see a clear South African way forward.”

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