Hunt concerned over United slump

2011-12-22 13:15

SuperSport United’s recent slump and their third consecutive Premiership loss to Bloemfontein Celtic last night are causing concern for coach Gavin Hunt.

“The last three matches we really have not been at our best. We could have played (Celtic) for three weeks and we still wouldn’t score,” Hunt said. “But it’s one of those things you know.”

The goal from the 1-0 home loss was a result from young goalkeeper Ronwen Williams’ miskicked clearance 11 minutes into the match.

While Hunt was incensed by the error, it has been one of many defensive faults for the Pretoria outfit, stemming from previous defeats to Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.

The three-time championship winners have now lost the first spot on the log which they held for the majority of the first half of the season.

“It was unprofessional how we conceded that goal,” said Hunt.

“It was a poor, school boy defensive error. They played a diagonal ball, and there was no pressure on the ball you know.”

Meanwhile, Sundowns on 31 points, stretched their lead to three points over United at the top of the standings after their 2-0 win over Free State Stars in Phuthaditjaba.

Surprise Moriri and Lebohang Mokoena scored in each half for the Brazilians.

Kaizer Chiefs are third on the table on 28 points, despite the 0-0 draw with AmaZulu in Durban on Tuesday, followed by Moroka Swallows in fourth position on 26 points.

Swallows came from behind to salvage a point in their 2-2 draw with Maritzburg United away yesterday.

After a poor first half in the encounter Orlando Pirates managed a 2-0 league win over Golden Arrows at Orlando Stadium courtesy of goals from Isaac Chansa and Tokelo Rantie.

Pirates are now fifth with 24 points with a better goal difference to sixth-placed Ea Lla Kkoto.

Wits have shown improvements since losing in the Telkom Knockout final two weeks ago, winning their last two league ties.

The Clever Boys beat Platinum Stars 2-1, with Dinaledi continuing their downward spiral.

Stars find themselves languishing towards the relegation zone, having not won in seven matches.

Wits coach Roger de Sa, while delighted with the victory, said he wanted his side to be more dominant.

“We are not as aggressive, as sharp as we are against some of the bigger sides,” De Sa said.

“It’s just a mindset that’s got to be changed and we have to play more consistently.”

De Sa added that Wits were slightly short of the halfway target, but added that inconsistency was expected as they were a young squad.

“We are about two points short of where I thought we would be,” De Sa said.

“Obviously, we gave away points here and there, and that’s going to happen with a young side.”

There was a seven-goal thriller in Cape Town on Wednesday, with hosts Ajax Cape Town beating the struggling Black Leopards 4-3.

With Jomo Cosmos’ 2-2 draw with Santos in Daveyton, Ezenkosi go into the festive recess at the bottom of the standings.

Ahead of them on the log are Leopards, Santos and Stars – the three other clubs who will most likely battle it out to avoid relegation in the second half of the season.

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