Gavin Hunt delighted with victory over Orlando Pirates
Posted: 4 May 2017 Time: 22:10
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt refused to get ahead of himself after opening a three-point lead at the top of the Absa Premiership log standings.
Wits edged Orlando Pirates 1-0 at the Bidvest Stadium on Thursday, gaining a welcome advantage as the league race reaches its climax.
Hunt said he anticipated a tight affair but was delighted with the contribution and all-important goal by substitute Cuthbert Malajila.
"I said to them [the players] before the game, '1-0 will win this game,'" Hunt told SuperSport TV.
"In the first half we some really good opportunities to score and we didn't, and I knew one goal would win the game so we stuck at it and made the change at half-time.
"I thought we didn't have a focal point [in the first half], so we got the focal point and we were a little bit better, and Cuthbert [Malajila] – I'm happy for him because he's been working really hard for the team and he scored."
The veteran tactician also praised his chargers' efforts to contain the threat of the Buccaneers, before setting his sights on their remaining four games.
"They [Pirates] played us on the break a lot so we had to be careful. They flooded the midfield with an extra one [player] in there but I thought we did exceptionally well," he added.
"It's a great result with four games to go; keep some clean sheets and we'll be alright, you know. We'll obviously try and approach each game as it comes.
"We're losing players – we only had 17, 18 to pick from tonight – and we're a bit short. I couldn't make a change [substitute] in the end because of personnel, but we'll keep going."
Asked about going three points clear of the chasing pack, Hunt responded with a huge grin on his face: "Is it? Oh okay, we'll keep going."
The Clever Boys now sit on 54 points after 26 games, while their closest rivals Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City are three and five points adrift respectively.