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Hunt: We Are Used To Playing With Nine

Following his side’s 1-0 win over Orlando Pirates in an Absa Premiership match on Wednesday night which saw Bidvest Wits finish with nine men on the pitch, coach Gavin Hunt said they are used to it.

Read: Nine-Man Wits Beat Ten Man Pirates

Both Thulani Hlatshwayo (in the 33rd minute) and Calvin Kadi (in the 74th minute) were shown straight red cards for dangerous tackles on the night, but Hunt said it did not affect his side too much.

He did bemoan referee Victor Gomez’s officiating on the night which actually saw three players sent for an early shower, including Pirates’ Lehlogonolo Masalesa was shown his second yellow in the 81st minute.

“We are very happy that we got the three points with nine players,” said Hunt.

“We have a lot of training working with nine and ten players so we are used to it.

“We have had unbelievable red cards this season.”

Reflecting on the game, Hunt admits it was a difficult outing, but one they should have won comfortably.

“It was a tough game,” added the Wits coach.

“The first half we should have been out of site to be fair. We had four great chances and the penalty, we had great opportunities.

“Daine (Klate), the two chances he missed and Phakamani Mahlambi was fantastic, I think he is the future.

“We have had more young players in our club than any club in South Africa, and we have more coming in, these kids are the future. I need to keep going with them. I should have played another one or two against Pirates I thought, but I didn’t.

“We are down to ten, 1-0 up, we needed to protect what we had, but then still we broke away, we had two great chances.

“It was always going to be one of those type of games, what else can we do? When we had eleven I thought we were on the front foot, they had their first shot after 65 minutes.

“I thought that we were good and showed great determination.”


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