Chiefs can cope with disruptions – Wits midfielder

2012-10-20 09:56

Following an inspiring man-of-the-match performance, scoring one goal and creating another two, Wits midfielder Matthew Pattison quashed speculation that Kaizer Chiefs were inadequately prepared for their Telkom Knockout match at Bidvest Stadium.

The Students ran out 3-2 victors last night, surging to a 2-0 lead at the interval before Chiefs put together a strong second-half performance.

During the week, much of the pre-match talk revolved around the returning Bafana Bafana players who had to settle in the Chiefs setup after the national team played an international friendly against Kenya in Nairobi on Tuesday.

“If you say Chiefs are unsettled, they are sitting top of the league by a long way, so I don’t know if that’s unsettled, you know what I mean?” Pattison said.

Pattison said the Soweto outfit were good enough to deal with the disruption of having their full squad together for only a few days before the game.

“At the end of the day we’re all professionals, and I’m sure they’re fit enough to play this game,” he said.

“Even with a lot of players away with internationals, they’re professionals, and I’m sure they can cope with two games in a week.”

Pattison praised his side’s game plan after they forced Amakhosi to make mistakes.

“Our game was to press them from the get-go, and we did that,” he said.

“We put them under pressure, and they gave the ball away because of the pressure, and we went one up due to that.”

Wits had last met Chiefs just over three weeks prior and were thumped 3-1 by the Glamour Boys at Mbombela Stadium on that occasion.

“It’s a bit of revenge because you don’t want to lose any game,” Pattison said.

“When you’re playing Chiefs in the cup you want to win and progress to the next round, which we’ve done.”

The Clever Boys were confident of lifting the cup title, Pattison said, after crushing the Premiership leaders, but the journey to hoisting silverware would not be easy.

“I think we have a great chance now. Chiefs are one of the strongest teams so we’ll move on to the next round and hopefully get a good draw.

“But, at this stage of the competition, there is no good draw, you’ve just got to beat them all.”

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