Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt believes they will find their feet soon
Posted: 10 September 2017 Time: 08:00
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt takes no encouragement from their previous MTN8 semi-final home leg against Cape Town City, as he pin-points areas they need to improve on this afternoon.
The defending champions have their backs against the wall as they go into Sunday’s second leg clash trailing 1-0, and have yet to register a win in regulation time this season.
In the corresponding fixture last season, Wits managed to hammer the Citizens 3-0 at the Bidvest Stadium, before going on to lift the trophy after beating Mamelodi Sundowns in Nelspruit in the final.
This time, however, Hunt’s team have been caught off guard at critical moments but the reigning Coach of the Season is confident that his side can turn the corner after the recent international break.
“Last year is last year but, look, I mean we’re pretty confident. We’re not confident in terms of the way we’re playing, I don’t think we’ve been playing badly,” said Hunt.
“It’s been a little bit unfortunate, we’ve lost on two restarts – if you take the league game and the game [MTN 8 semi-final first leg in Cape Town] – so I don’t think there’s [any concerns].
“We've certainly got to be better at restarts, because obviously it’s been highlighted – the throw-in and a free-kick [that City scored from] - but I mean it can happen to any team at a given time.
“Then obviously we have to be better in the final third, which maybe has let us down thus far but we’ve still had a lot of opportunities that haven’t been taken, that’s football.”
Hunt also defends his side’s attitude and feels the sooner they get some consistency in selection and settle down after their nervy start to the season, the better they will start performing.
“The attitude has been good, the desire has been good, the work rate has been good, the shape and all these types of football terminology things that you use,” he said.
“I don’t think we must [panic]. Yeah, we’re concerned because the results haven’t been forthcoming, but we also need to settle down a bit and try to get the starting eleven closer to settling down.
“It’s been chopping and changing, not because I want to but because of various reasons, so we’ve just got to take a back seat. But certainly we have to be better in our concentration levels.”
Kick-off for the clash on Sunday is set for 15h00.