Hunt rues 'unbelievable chances' missed, Tinkler happy with ugly win after MTN8 heartbreak

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Chippa United head coach Gavin Hunt lamented his side's missed opportunities after their narrow 1-0 defeat against Cape Town City at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday.

Abdul Ajagun scored in the final minute of regulation time to give the Citizens the victory over the Chilli Boys, who remain winless for eight straight matches.

Hunt's last victory dates back to 21 August against Premiership newbies Sekhukhune United as Chippa now find themselves in 14th position, one point away from dropping into the relegation zone.

Six points in nine matches

"I thought we had some unbelievable chances. They (Cape Town City) had two the whole game, and they scored in the 90th minute," Hunt told reporters after the match.

"I thought we had unbelievable chances around the box, but you know you got to take it. Obviously, it is disappointing because we had a load of opportunities before (they scored) that."

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Chippa have only picked up six points in nine matches and are back in action against Maritzburg United on Sunday.

Meanwhile, City boss Eric Tinkler was content with the victory after suffering a dramatic penalty shootout defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8 final over the weekend.

"Psychologically, I think this was always going to be a difficult game. Both psychologically and mentally for the players, considering how we lost the MTN8 final, you could see the effects of that loss on training on Monday and Tuesday. So that was a big concern for us coming into this game," Tinkler reflected after his side's win over Chippa.

"It was a tough game. We started fairly well, I thought the first 20 minutes we looked okay, but [there were] too many changes.

"I think we made five changes, three of them were enforced, so there wasn't that continuity and consistency, and we struggled against Chippa. We didn't really create any chances to score.

An ugly and cagey game

"They're a difficult team to play against because they lay very direct and look to play off the second balls and a lot of crosses into the box.

"It became a very, very ugly and cagey game for us. We made a change at half-time, hoping that the change would get us going a bit more, a little bit more fluidity in our play, a little bit more possession and that we'd create chances, but we didn't even create one chance.

"Against Sekhukhune, we had 30 box entries and lost 1-0. Today, one shot on target, one goal, and we win the game.

"I'll take that. I think the team will take that because mentally and psychologically, we needed the win. So, I'm happy with the three points, so we'll move on and forget about this one."

City travel to KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday for a league match against AmaZulu.

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