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Gavin Hunt believes Bidvest Wits' title success may have affected players

Posted: 20 September 2017 Time: 17:30

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt believes their defense has been their biggest let down this season, and says last term’s success could be hampering his players.

The reigning Absa Premiership champions' start to the campaign has been dismal, having failed to win any of their opening seven matches in all competitions.

Worse for the Clever Boys is their shocking defensive record of 12 goals conceded, which is almost half the amount of their total goals (27) conceded in all domestic clashes in 2016/17.

“You can’t concede goals. If you want to win anything, I don’t care what you are – Liverpool can’t win the league ever, why? Because they can’t defend, they’ve got no defenders – you need to defend,” said Hunt, after their 1-1 draw at Kaizer Chiefs on the weekend.

“[Chiefs] have the best goalkeeper in the country, [but] you need four defenders there that are going to see the game out.

“If we’re going to win the league, or any tournament, you need not just the defense but also the team to understand times and situations within games and the defensive structure, which I don’t think we’ve had."

The four-time league-winning tactician also feels last season’s historic success of a first major championship, not only for club but also for many of the players, has affected their mentalities slightly.

“Everybody’s a little bit [crazy], it goes like that. Success is good but success is also bad, and sometimes when you have success [you lose your head],” he added.

“We’ve conceded too many goals. In four games it’s been like a hot knife through butter. One ball over the top [from Chiefs] and they scored, that should have never happened. So I think conceding goals – that's been the problem.”

Wits face PSL returnees AmaZulu at the King Zwelithini Stadium tonight. Kick-off is scheduled for 19h30.

Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)
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