Gavin Hunt believes Bivest Wits should have beaten Maritzburg United


The teams played to a goalless draw in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday night.

Wits were on the back foot for much of the game, with their captain Thulani Hlatshwayo having a tough time dealing with rising star Keletso Makgalwa in the first half.

'Tyson' was booked for hacking Makgalwa down in the 19th minute and was later replaced by veteran defender Vuyo Mere as the visitors started to regain their nerve.

The Students had their first clear chance to score when Mxolisi Macuphu's header was palmed away by Richard Ofori on the hour mark following a cross from Deon Hotto.

Scottish striker Simon Murray also threatened in the 74th minute when he peeled away from his marker to position himself at the near post; however, he couldn't get his shot on target following good work down the right by Macuphu.

Hunt believes his side should have come away with all three points.

"I don't think it was a true reflection of the game. To be honest with you we should have won in my opinion," Hunt told reporters after the game.

"We had enough opportunities to win the game. In the first half we were pushed and pressed, and once we weathered that I thought we were good in the second half.

"They had the chance at the end after we pushed to win. The way the team was pushing to win we should have won. We had good, clear chances but ja that's football."

Wits' maiden league title defence swiftly crumbled last term as the club finished 11th in the standings. Hunt consequently opted to change their pre-season schedule. Instead of heading to Cape Town, the Clever Boys lined up friendly matches with NFD sides in Durban.

"At the end of last year we won three trophies. We were doing parades when the season started," Hunt said when asked about their struggles in 2017/18.

"I think our preparation wasn't very good last year. The pre-season was poor, the attitude was poor. There was a lot of injuries in the pre-season. There was a lot of people ... there were one or two in and it just didn't gel.

"And then we started badly. We lost three games 1-0 to start and then it goes from there. So there were changes, we got new faces in, a bit of hunger back in the squad and people who haven't won anything in their lives. Before they had won a lot of trophies.

"When you lose sometimes the hunger goes, so it is important that you maintain the hunger. Not that they are bad players, they were fantastic players. All the players that left were all good, they had won trophies.

"Sometimes a change of new faces is always good."

The joint-log leaders next host mid-table Polokwane City on Friday at Bidvest Stadium.