Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt bemoans his side's defending and cites "bad luck" in some matches

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The Clever Boys let in four goals and scored as many against Chippa United in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday as they went on to lose on penalties, a few weeks after losing 3-2 to Cape Town City in the Absa Premiership at the same venue.

They've conceded 25 times in 24 league matches, which is uncharacteristic of a side coached by Hunt, who always says "strikers win you games, but the defence wins you the league".

“The positives are we are scoring goals every week. We scored eight in two games but we have conceded six [in the last two games], what’s that?” Hunt said.

“That’s not my team I coach, not for me. We have got seven goals in two [home] games now. Cape Town City scored three, now four tonight [against Chippa]. It is crazy.

“Every team scores a free kick here against us. Every team in the league and they have scored more than one. I mean every week those free kicks will end up over the bar like they normally do but against us, they are going in. So, you have to say it is a lot of bad luck now. I have never seen it in my life.”

Having been knocked out of the cup competition, Hunt said they will try to give a full go in the league but that they need to work on defending. The Clever Boys dropped to third place last night after Orlando Pirates collected a point in a goalless draw against log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns in Orlando last night.

“We wanted to do well in the cup because it is a lucrative cup and it keeps our season going. We wanted to do well and there is a lot of things we need to work on.

“We did a lot of work on what happened tonight so obviously it was not the right work. You can work all day and do all the things but if it doesn’t happen on the night there is nothing you can do about it.

“The second round has been a problem for us, a lot of individual errors.”

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