Amakhosi beat Swallows to extend lead in PSL

Stuart Baxter says the win will do a lot for team morale as his players needed the motivation.

FILE: Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter. Picture: Facebook

JOHANNESBURG - Kaizer Chiefs maintained their eight point advantage over Mamelodi Sundowns at the top of the premiership with a 3-0 win over Moroka Swallows on Wednesday at the Dobsonville Stadium.

Wet conditions were no hindrance as a first half own goal from Larry Cohen and two second half goals from George Lebese and Bernard Parker sealed the victory.

Coach Stuart Baxter says the win will do a lot for team morale and said his players needed the motivation.

"So I think players needed that, they needed to score goals. They needed to, in a period where we were playing well, hit the back of the net. That's going to boost their confidence I think."

He says Katlego Mphela will improve as he gets more game time provided he keeps working hard like he is at the moment.

"If he keeps working the way he is then one of those days he's going to get into better shape and he's going to be a bit quicker and I think it's a process he's in. I'm pleased with his performance tonight because he allowed all those around him to play."

Meanwhile, Swallows suffered their seventh loss in eight games.

It was the first match Swallows played since the surprise departure of Fani Madida on Monday.

Goodman Mazibuko was handed the reins as caretaker coach for the night but the former midfielder could do very little about his side's loss.

Mazibuko says they can still avoid relegation given the number of games left before the season finishes and he says the break might do them good to work on a few tactics.

"I believe that we still got couple of games left and now we are going to have a break, so I think we going to work more on our defence and I believe we still have hope that we can turn things around."

He says the players are not to blame as good fortune has just alluded them and they need to do more to get themselves motivated.

"I think the players also are under pressure. We trying to work more on the psychology of the player because I think we have been working hard, it's just that in other games we have been unlucky."

In other matches of the night, defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns thumped Chippa United 3-0 at Loftus Stadium.

Orlando Pirates beat Mpumalanga Black Aces 2-1 at Orlando Stadium.