Hunt: You must have game toughness

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt says his team need to have the mentality and 'game toughness' to see out a game after the loss to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila on Tuesday.

Amakhosi were reduced to ten men just before the break after Njabulo Blom was dismissed for second yellow card, before Thabo Rakhale broke the deadlock for TTM just after that.

Lebogang Manyama brought Chiefs back to the game in the 66th minute, but Hunt's men could not hold on to a 1-1 draw in the end, as Thabo Mnyamane snatched the winner for TTM from the penalty spot at the death.

"Ja I thought we were well in the game obviously until the red-card but we stayed in the front foot, made changes at half-time to stay in the front foot," Hunt told SuperSport TV.

"Tried to get something to play towards and we did well, we got the goal and if we had a little bit of care upfront sometimes we could have done better.

"We didn't hold it or gave it away cheaply and obviously we got turned over but we were right in the game, obviously they gonna come out with extra numbers, overload us," he said.

"But we did well, the changes were right but then that's pretty much how it has been, you got to have the mentality and the game toughness to see it out but obviously you never know sometimes with what went on.

"The first goal was the same mistake [to the Bloemfontein Celtic game], pretty much things you can't understand, that's just down to certain things, ja but I thought we did well to come back in. We could have had a chance to win at the end but they obviously got the bounce of the ball there."

With both goalkeepers Itumeleng Khune and Daniel Akpeyi out injured, Chiefs had an injury scare of shot-stopper Bruce Bvuma and Hunt says the injuries are out of his hands.

"That's part and parcel, you can't complain about that but obviously things drop off, due to...you know. Obviously we missed Blom with his legs, he could give us legs, he's one player that can get across the field and up the field and down. But we gotta see it out, we deserved more out of the game, same as Saturday, you know, ja it is what it is," he said.

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