Johannesburg – Gavin Hunt says it was the changes he made to his Wits side which helped the team to a 1-0 win over Golden Arrows in a Premiership match at Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday.
Hunt made five changes to the side which was thumped 4-2 by Platinum Stars during Sunday's MTN8 first leg semifinal at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
The experienced duo of Matthew Booth and Tinashe Nengomasha were left on the bench as Hunt opted for a more youthful looking side, which dominated large parts of the game, particularly in the first half.
“I made five changes tonight, which were called for,” said Hunt after the match.
“There was a lot of fluency in the play. I thought we were magnificent and at times and we really played some great football.”
His troops should have been more clinical in front of goal and put the game to bed, in case Arrows equalised, he said.
“In any football match anywhere in the world, a team will get opportunities and they 1/8Arrows 3/8 could have scored.”
Meanwhile, Arrows coach Manqoba Mngqithi thought the result was down to his side's poor first half effort.
“Our first half was very shabby, as a result we made some silly errors,” Mngqithi said.
“I think we came back stronger in the second half. We could have equalised and we could have scored more goals.
“We also could have had a penalty if things had gone our way. I was very disappointed with our first half.”
Mngqithi also suggested the extended break in the league may have been responsible for his team's slow start.
There was a Fifa International week and the MTN8 cup round, in which Arrows were not taking part. Abafana Besthende last played a match on August 3, whereas Wits had played on Sunday.
“We looked like we were not as ready as Wits. Maybe that's a result of the break, because we were all surprised by our players who did very well in our first match, but didn't perform today.”
The result means The Students climbed to fifth place on the log, while Arrows were in 13th. – Sapa