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Gavin Hunt remains grounded after Bidvest Wits' wins over Baroka and Free State Stars

Posted: 30 October 2017 Time: 15:15

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt refused to get carried away after his side finally managed back-to-back victories for the first time this season.

The Clever Boys may have turned the corner as they beat Free State Stars 4-2 after extra-time in an end-to-end Telkom Knockout affair on Saturday evening.

The reigning Absa Premiership champions have come under scrutiny since the start of the season over their inconsistent results that saw them without a win, excluding penalty shootouts, in eight straight games.

Their win over log leaders Baroka two weeks ago has since seen them gain momentum with their advancement in the league cup, but Hunt refused to let his guard down as he bemoaned injury challenges ahead of their next game.

"We're through [to the TKO quarter-finals] and that's the main thing. Two wins now, which gives us a little bit more of a push," said Hunt.

"I won't say it's momentum, but you can see [a change]... To be fair, we've played much better this season and we've lost.

"We just need to get our players back. We're down to 16 players now, and hopefully we don't lose a few more before Wednesday [match against Chippa United]."

Wits were notably without skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo, midfield workhorse Thabang Monare, and attackers Daylon Claasen and Vincent Pule over the weekend due to various niggling injuries.

Despite the consecutive victories, Hunt feels there is no such thing as a turning point in football as he looks to ensure his troops continue working hard and doing what's expected of them in training and in matches.

"I think there's no turning point in football. I think as long as the team is working hard, like they have been, the shape is good and we're creating opportunities then... I don't think there's a turning point," he argued.

"I think sometimes that's the way football works. If you understand football, it's a funny game – one day you're on top, the next day you're [not] – that's how football is."

Article by: Chad Klate
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