Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt says Kaizer Chiefs hanged on for dear life
Posted: 5 February 2018 Time: 08:30
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt felt his side should have gotten more out of their game against Kaizer Chiefs, but refused to fault his players for their efforts.
The Absa Premiership champions played to a 1-1 draw with Chiefs at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday evening, with both sides missing chances aplenty.
However, Hunt felt the hosts had the upper hand over their opponents for most of the match but were once again let down by poor finishing and decision-making in front of goal.
“It’s crazy. I’ve been happy with the performances the whole season, but we are where we are because we miss opportunities like that [against Chiefs] this year,” said Hunt.
“You can’t not score goals and miss the chances that we missed, but that’s why we are where we are. They hung on for dear life, but that’s football.”
Arguably one of the most animated PSL coaches on the touchline, Hunt was notably upset as he remonstrated toward the heavens after the final whistle, with his side having missed out on an opportunity to move four points clear of the relegation zone and into 11th place.
“Of course you’re livid because that’s three points, come on. We got written off the whole week before the game, when we normally make the bottom-right corner on the inside page, and then we give a performance like that – we should win.”
Asked whether giving his players a tongue-lashing and a kick in the rear might help, Hunt insisted that positivity is needed before reserving praise for the team’s efforts.
“You can’t say anything. I don’t shout at them anymore; I’ve never shouted at them. I just keep working and keep trying to be positive,” he added.
“But, they worked their socks off. They went a goal down, I mean, Chiefs never came in our half in the first half – one cross into the box, our centre-back was standing and the boy [Ryan Moon] got a good goal. That could’ve been avoided.
“But the first half, again, how many opportunities we had was fantastic. We played well, I can’t fault the players; I’ve never faulted the players. They were fantastic.”