Bleak Hunt gives Benni his due
Posted: 8 February 2018 Time: 14:15
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt was left dejected following his side’s early Nedbank Cup exit at the hands of Cape Town City, but gave credit to his counterpart Benni McCarthy.
Wits were undone by an early Matthew Rusike goal as City held on to record a 1-0 victory at Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Though the hosts enjoyed the majority of possession, often camping in the attacking half, they were once again let down by poor decision-making and wayward finishing, which has also left them at the tail-end of the league table this season.
The defending Absa Premiership champions have all but relinquished their title, as they find themselves precariously languishing in 14th position on the standings.
Hunt feels the premature end to their cup campaign is not only a disappointment but the subdued fixture schedule will also affect whatever momentum they gain in the domestic league and CAF Champions League.
“The Nedbank Cup always keeps your season going and now you’ve got a lot of weekends free, and that’s disappointing,” said Hunt after the match.
“I told the players that we need to stay in the cup, even though the league is our big focus right now, but the cup is always good.
“I still thought we were good enough to win, even though we weren’t at our best. I thought we’ve played far worse and won, so it wasn’t [bad] from that perspective … There’s not much to say really.”
Despite being at a loss for words, Hunt conceded that McCarthy deserves credit for his efforts with the Cape-based outfit, having now defeated Wits for a fourth time in one season.
“Benni’s done a great job, so all credit to him and his team – that’s all we can say. We all know they’ve done well, so we’ve got to give them credit,” he added.
The Clever Boys and Citizens, however, will once again lock horns in a league fixture at Cape Town Stadium in two weeks.