Hunt: Wits have toughest run-in


Wits managed to narrowly edge the Brazilians 1-0 in a pulsating top-of-the-table clash at the Bidvest Stadium on Monday evening, with the crucial three points putting them in the driver's seat after 25 games.

Hunt rejected suggestions that the tie was a potential six-pointer against their main title rivals, who now sit one point behind with both teams now having five games remaining.

"It's not a six-pointer; it's just the three points. Another five games to go so it's a long way still," Hunt told reporters.

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With their next three games continuing on a tight schedule of two-day intervals, the experienced tactician feels Orlando Pirates have a slight advantage coming into their next clash as he also rues more injuries and suspensions.

"We've got a hell of a programme; we've got to play on Thursday again. Pirates didn't play and we've got to play, and then we've got to play on Sunday again," he added.

"It's going to be a tough, tough run-in. We're losing players – as you can see – by one, two, three every game so we'll have to regroup and start [preparations] again."

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Having celebrated the victory with smiles and high-fives, Hunt admitted the result was important and felt his side made up for their unjust defeat in the reverse fixture played at Loftus Versfeld back in February.

"It's just a step forward, not a step backwards. I thought at Loftus it was a step backward for us because I didn't think... We were better at Loftus and we lost," he exclaimed.

"So we were good [to grind out the three points at home], playing against the African champions."

The Clever Boys' remaining outings include Pirates, Maritzburg United, Free State Stars, Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs, with the three-time championship winning coach insisting they have it tougher than their rivals in the final stretch.

"We've got the hardest run-in, there's no doubt about it. Out of Cape Town City and Sundowns we've got the hardest run-in. I can't see any of them losing another game," he concluded.