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Gavin Hunt confident Bidvest Wits can recover from Kaizer Chiefs defeat

Posted: 10 January 2019 Time: 20:30

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt was disappointed with how their clash with Kaizer Chiefs was handled but downplayed the significance of three points dropped.

A game of two halves at the Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday evening yielded a drab affair in the first stanza, before Chiefs sprung to life in the final half hour to record a crucial 2-0 victory.

The match was not without controversy however – as it was overseen by referee Victor Gomes after all – as tempers flared and handbags were thrown towards the death after Robyn Johannes was shown a straight red card for dissent following a foul on Bernard Parker.

A noticeably dejected Hunt after the match admitted his dissatisfaction at the way things spiralled out of control, alluding to the incompetence of the man in the middle. 

“I’m just disappointed with the way the situation [was handled]. We had it last week and we had it this week, and I think there’s going to be more to come,” said Hunt.

The 54-year-old tactician also refused to blame his charges’ efforts for the defeat, insisting they put out a good fight.

“Everybody’s pulled their weight, everybody tried. I can’t fault anybody, the first goal was a mistake and then the second goal was a foul,” he insisted.

The Clever Boys’ lead at the top of the table was earlier cut down to two points by title rivals Orlando Pirates, who beat Chippa United on Tuesday, and the opportunity to retain the five-point difference was thus lost against Amakhosi.

But the four-time Absa Premiership-winning coach refused to lament their diminished lead and is confident they can still recover from the setback.

“Yeah, it is valuable points dropped but, with two points [ahead of Pirates], we’re still okay. If you told me in the beginning of the season, I would have taken the two points,” he said.

“We can lose a few games here and there, as long as we win a few games here and there … With our squad, we’ve done well so far but we’ve got to keep going. We can keep going, and adversity will come – like it has.”

Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)
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