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Hunt perplexed with poor start

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Hunt hasn't been able to pick the same starting line-up in any of the seven matches in all competitions so far this season

Gavin Hunt, coach of Bidvest Wits says that a number of factors have contributed to his teams poor start to the season.

BIDVEST Wits coach Gavin Hunt is still bewildered by the defending Absa Premiership champions’ poor start to the season, but has argued that the deteriorating standard of officiating in the league as well as injuries have been some of the contributing factors to the Clever Boys’ winless run of seven matches.

They visit another struggling side in AmaZulu tonight at the King Zwelithini Stadium hoping to end what is already the worst start of any title holder in the PSL era.

“We have got a few injuries again and we are trying to see who is fit again. That means we have our backs against the wall, and so do our opponents. Here we go again,” said Hunt. “Every game has been a problem for us somewhere along the line. You can’t point your finger at what exactly has been wrong. It’s been the officiating, it’s been this and that. And then a red card – its unbelievable, never seen anything like it. Easy misses as well. What are you going to put your finger on? It’s hard to do that.

“But that is football and you have to take it on the chin.”

The coach hasn’t been able to pick the same starting line-up in any of the seven matches in all competitions so far this season, and with rightback Nazeer Allie suspended following his sending off in the 1-1 draw against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday night, Hunt is forced to change his team yet again. Elias Pelembe is also a doubt for the AmaZulu clash.

Another factor has been the absence of clean sheets in all the seven games, with the coach adamant that a football team can never win the championship without a watertight defence.

“But I can’t depend on the goalkeeper (Moeneeb Josephs) all the time,” said Hunt. “I think we have to protect him a little bit. We certainly have to play a few games where we are not conceding.

“That’s also the problem.”

Wits can certainly build on their performance against Chiefs at the weekend, where striker Ahmed Gamal Amr scored a last-minute goal to help Wits walk away with a valuable point.

“We were the better side throughout the game,” Hunt said. “Our goalkeeper never made a save in the first half and theirs (Man of the Match Itumeleng Khune) made a few good ones. The ball just didn’t go in. You can’t beat yourself up and say we played badly. A simple clean sheet would have helped.”

@superjourno