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There's more to come from Supersport: Baxter

26 June 2017 - 07:19 By Njabulo Ngidi
Coach Stuart Baxter. File photo.
Coach Stuart Baxter. File photo.

Outgoing Supersport United coach Stuart Baxter gave an analysis of the team he leaves behind that should scare the competition.

Despite winning the Nedbank Cup in an emphatic 4-1 thrashing of Orlando Pirates on Saturday night, Baxter believes this Supersport side can still improve.

"In every area that we have worked on, they can improve," Baxter said at the weekend. "You never stand still in life. You've got to keep moving forward.

"I think turning a good season into a great season you have to win things. They did that. We were on a great run [in the league], playing well and then suddenly we hit a wall with a lot of injuries.

"I know that it sounds like excuses, but playing in the continent and domestically took a toll on us.

"We had 17 fit players at one stage and that was an enormous burden. People like Yeye (Reneilwe Letsholonyane), who started the season on fire and finished on fire, had a little patch where he really needed a rest if we had a bigger squad.

"I certainly think that they can be better. Individuals are coming back into form. There is a lot more to come from the lads."

Those words should excite Eric Tinkler, who replaces Baxter next month as the Englishman turns his attention to coaching Bafana Bafana full-time. Baxter took over a struggling Matsatsantsa a Pitori side and turned them into a formidable force in just over a year - winning the Nedbank Cup back-to-back against Orlando Pirates.

"My father, God bless him, was the coach at Aston Villa," Baxter said. "I grew up at Aston Villa watching him work and when I got into coaching he used to talk very harshly to me, saying that I wasn't good enough and I shouldn't be easily satisfied but keep working."