A draw with Cape Town City last week and then last night’s defeat, which chronicled their goal scoring challenges, has pushed Wits backwards in a title race in which they looked certain to control.
However, their failure to turn dominance into wins has left them two points behind Mamelodi Sundowns – who have played 23 games just like them – and four off leaders Cape Town City who have played two more games.
“Disappointed with the result obviously,” acknowledged Hunt in a post-match interview.
“I thought we did all the playing and the pressing. We tried to win the game but we got caught with a horrendous error so it is unfortunate though we tried to play and win the game yet we end up losing the game. So it is disappointing from that perspective. We now have to dust ourselves up and try again. Of course it hurts us because we should have never lost the game. They don’t play to win so it is frustrating to lose a game like that with an error like that. We tried to push the whole game so it is disappointing.
“Every game is a big game now. We have games every three days now so we are disappointed now but we have to pick ourselves up, it is not lost yet and there is a lot to go. The concern is that we haven’t scored from open play for four to five games now. We haven’t scored and that has been a problem. Last week we scored from a penalty and in the Egypt game we didn’t and also even in the other Egypt game before that so the players in the final third haven’t done the business,” he lamented.
Hunt added that after having elevated themselves into a situation of advantage they have now made it difficult for themselves in as far as the chase for the title is concerned.
“We got ourselves into a good situation and so now we need to capitalise. It has gotten harder and harder over the last two matches. The last two games have pushed us back a bit because we should have won tonight just like we should have last week as well,” he said, while then adding that they might now have to it the hard way in this title chase.
“Obviously we don’t have to worry too much though the game tonight has thrown us off a little bit. But I really thought tonight if we win this one then we will go and be clear, it was like last week Tuesday. It hasn’t happened and maybe we will now have to do it the hard way, I don’t know but we certainly have to shine up and come right now, we can’t be making such crucial errors.”
The Clever Boys have Highlands Park, Sundowns, Orlando Pirates, Maritzburg United, Free State Stars, Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs in their list of remaining games.