Absa Premiership

Hunt gracious in defeat as title race remains wide open

Gavin Hunt (Gallo Images)
Gavin Hunt (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bidvest Wits head coach Gavin Hunt believes that his charges did not deserves to walk away with maximum points against Free State Stars.

Wits missed out on the chance to stretch their lead at the top of the table after suffering a 3-1 defeat to Stars at Goble Park on Wednesday.

Hunt's side absorbed the pressure in the opening stages but was not enough as Stars took a 1-0 lead into the half-time interval through Makhehlene Makhaula.

Mohammed Anas made it 2-0 in the 65th minute.

Cuthbert Malajila managed to pull one back for the Clever Boys 12 minutes later, but they suffered a setback four minutes later when substitute Sifiso Myeni was shown a straight red card.

Sinethemba Jantjie rubbed salt into their wounds at the death with a third goal to seal a comfortable win for Ea Lla Koto to ease their relegation fears a little.

"Obviously disappointed, I don't think it was a 3-1 game," said Hunt as quoted by KickOff website.

"I think in the first-half we had more than enough chances to get ourselves in the lead and we didn't take those chances.

"(We had) great opportunities around their box and then we got caught from two (attacking) corners and they scored two goals from our corners; we never touched them, they ran right through and scored so that's disappointing.

"We've got to defend better, that's the disappointing part. But all credit to them. To say that they needed it (three points) more than us, well, we also needed it but you've got to earn it and we didn't earn it tonight."

With Mamelodi Sundowns being held against relegation threatened Baroka FC, the Premiership title is set to go down to the final match day on May 27.

Both sides have two matches left with the Brazilians facing Maritzburg United and Highlands Park while Wits have a complicated end to their season with games against Polokwane City and Kaizer Chiefs.

However, if Sundowns were lose their next match and Wits win, Hunt will claim his first league title in almost eight years.

All the remaining matches for the "realistic" title contenders in the race for 2016/17 title glory in the Absa Premiership.

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