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Wits need to pick up the pace – Hunt


The Siwelele Nation is third-placed on the log and it’s the goal-difference that separates them from the Clever Boys

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Bidvest Wits’ coach Gavin Hunt is concerned about his home record so far this season. On Saturday night, they suffered their third home defeat home courtesy of a 2 – 1 loss to Bloemfontein Celtic.

On the road, they’ve collected 11 points out of 15, while at Bidvest Stadium they’ve merely bagged nine from 18. Hunt hopes they improve soon especially if they are to be championship materials.

“The home record is a concern, because we’ve lost three now,” Hunt said in the post-match interviews after the loss to Celtic.

“We’ve also lost to SuperSport United and Polokwane City. We are behind a little bit in terms of where we wanted to be but it is what it is. The problem is that we not scoring many goals at home and we must do better.

“But, we’ll try to pick up the pieces.”

Compared to the previous season, where they were languishing in and out of the relegation zone at this time of the year, Wits have had a massive improvement. Currently, they sit second on the log standings with 20 points after 11 matches.

They trail leaders Orlando Pirates by three points and two matches.

“We want to try and keep the two points a game going,” he said. “I mean we had a slip tonight but we had a great opportunity (to return to the top of the table) at home but we played against a good side and we knew that it was going to be hard. There’s no easy game.”

Despite their boardroom hassles, Celtic’s coach Steve Komphela has revamped his side into dark-horses so far, as they’ve already caused upsets to Wits and Orlando Pirates, while snatching a point from Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns.

As a result, the Siwelele Nation is third-placed on the log and it’s the goal-difference that separates them from the Clever Boys.

On Saturday night, they had many chances to wrap up the game in the first half but squandered them. Substitute Tshegofatso Mabasa came to rescue them from their blushes’ with two late goals as he overturned the deficit after Haashim Domingo had already put the home side in the lead.

“To be fair, they were the better side and I don’t think that we deserved to win. It was certainly not our best performance,”Hunt said.

“I thought we were entertaining in the first half, and very good. But they were always dangerous on the break and that (Lantshene) Phalane boy was excellent tonight.’’

Due to the upcoming international break this weekend, Hunt and his troops will only return to action on Sunday – November 25 – in the Telkom Knockout’s semi-finals against Baroka at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Like any other coach, he hopes for a clean bill of health when his international stars return.

Hunt also came to Bafana coach Stuart Baxter defence following his exclusion of in-form Thabang Monare in the Squad to face Nigeria in Afcon qualifiers at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

“I am not really surprised that he wasn’t called-up, because there are a lot of good midfielders in the team,’’he said.

“I think he’s also a bit older and I understand where they are going.”