Hunt not happy after Wits lose to 'plain, old-fashioned' Ajax
CAPE TOWN - Gavin Hunt cut a sour, disconsolate figure after his Bidvest Wits side lost 1-0 to Ajax Cape Town at the Athlone Stadium on Wednesday night.
His gloomy demeanour was based on the fact that his team played all the football, but still, somehow or other, they contrived to lose the match.
“I’m disappointed, we controlled the game, they (Ajax) never came out of their box – and, when you dominate like that, it’s obviously disappointing when you don’t come away with a win,” said Hunt.
“It was total dominance, but they got the points. The first half we could have been out of sight, so we need to be better; our final ball just wasn’t good enough.
“Ajax just whacked the ball forward and let their strikers run. All this talk about ‘compact’ and ‘transition’, I think people read too many books, it’s just plain, old-fashioned long football.
"But we can’t complain about the opposition and what they do. We have to concentrate on what we do and we didn’t do well enough."
Next up for Wits is a tricky clash against PSL log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday – and Hunt is clear about how he wants to approach things.
“We will first have to see what which players we can put out,” he said. “I don’t think we can go there and try to contain them. We have to be positive against Sundowns and go there to play.
“Our task is to finish as high as possible. We had a poor start because the whole defence was out at the start of the season. We had to bring in some of the newer players and that obviously didn’t work out.
"But when we got back the team that played most of the games last season we picked up 21 points from 10 games.
"For me, always, I don’t think too far ahead. I believe that, in football, the future is now. Things change very quickly in this game, so you cannot get ahead of yourself.”