Bidvest Wits Gavin Hunt believes that the Students did high-riding Sundowns a huge favour by holding the reigning PSL champions Chiefs to a goalless on Wednesday night
Kaizer Chiefs went into the Absa Premiership clash desperately in need of maximum points, as they were six points behind first-placed Sundowns in the PSL standings.
“We should have won our past two games comfortably. We had all the chances, we played the football, we had Chiefs on the back foot,” Hunt told the media after the match.
“We should have gone close and won the league this year, but that is the performance we have had all year. We have dominated games but don’t score," he said.
Hunt's men are now nine points behind log leaders Sundowns, with a game in hand and they remain four points behind Chiefs, having played the same number of league matches.
“I have to commend the players though, they have been fantastic for me and worked their socks off. I have come in with a lot of new ideas and they have been fantastic, but the evidence is in tonight’s game again how we should have won," Wits tactician Hunt said.
“We can’t keep drawing 0-0 and getting nothing out of our games because of the chances we’ve created and the opportunities we have had. What more can we do?
"We have played great football at times, we kept it well, let’s be honest, Chiefs were on the back foot and we should have won the game,” he added.
“Pitso Mosimane should give me a bottle of wine. It is open for Mamelodi Sundowns now. It was always going to be tough for Chiefs, they have been fantastic the last two years, they have been in Cups and in Africa," he said
"Chiefs are a fantastic side and Stuart Baxter has done a good job, but at the end of the day maybe the legs are gone and they are running out of steam. Sundowns have to be big favourites now.” Hunt concluded
Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs head coach Stuart Baxter hasn't given up on retaining the league title despite dropping two valuable points against Bidvest Wits on Wednesday night.
"To be fair, it could have gone either way. On a good night we could have won by a couple of goals, on a bad one we could have lost it," Baxter said after the match.
“We are creating chances and not taking them, is it the pressure, is it rushing it, is it the technique, is it the pitch? I don’t know,” Baxter said.
“It was a very tight game, a very competitive game, it was a very good game of football. I think the crowd and the viewers at home saw a good advertisement for South African football,” he said.
“We would have liked three points, but we will take the one because that one may be the difference between winning the title and not winning it."
“We would have liked to have had the three points to keep the pressure firmly on Sundowns, but it doesn’t matter," Baxter said.
"Sundowns still have to win their games as well. If they win their games and get the most points, I will be the first one to congratulate them," he concluded.
Wits and Chiefs will meet again on the 3rd of May, in a Nedbank Cup semi-final encounter. The match will be played at the Bidvest Stadium and kickoff is at 15h00.