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Johannesburg – Wits were not celebrating, despite their 2-1 win over Maritzburg United on Wednesday night, according to the Students' assistant coach, Andre Arendse.
The Clever Boys fought back from a goal down in the league encounter, played in front of a lively crowd led by a brass band at Bidvest Stadium.
“It was definitely not our best performance and the three points are the only thing we are happy about,” Arendse said.
“If you look at the game overall and the chances that we created, I think we should have came out with a better result, at least 5-1.”
Wits climbed to sixth place in the Absa Premiership standings, though they remained well off the pace in the race for the title, while Maritzburg dropped to seventh position in the table.
While Arendse was not entirely satisfied, the former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, who serves as assistant to Clive Barker, was pleased his players had made a smooth tactical transition from their last match – a 1-1 draw against table toppers Kaizer Chiefs at the weekend.
“The game plan had to change a little for us from that of the Chiefs game last week, where we had to be a lot more defensive because we were away from home,” he said.
“In this game we had to be more attacking, and even though we started slowly, credit must go to the boys. They fought hard to make sure we won this one.”
Arendse believed Ryan Chapman’s 87th minute thunderbolt strike would be in the running for the goal of the season.
“It was a great strike and don’t think any keeper would have got close to saving that one.
“More important was the timing of the goal. With the clock winding down it allowed us, as the coaches, to make substitutions and protect the lead.” – Sapa