‘Clever Boys still in lower gear despite leading’
Bidvest Wits are yet to reach their potential in 2018-2019‚ coach Gavin Hunt said after his team had to fight hard to beat Highlands Park 1-0 at Bidvest Stadium on Friday night.
The Clever Boys have their skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo to thank after his header from Keegan Ritchie’s free-kick in the 38th minute bagged them three points.
“I think there’s a lot of potential. I think there are a lot of players who haven’t played to their potential yet‚” Hunt said.
It is an impressive turnaround from last season’s nightmare start‚ having been 2016-2017 champions‚ which eventually culminated in a 13th-place finish.
With Wits quick out of the blocks this season‚ and other title contenders still finding their rhythm‚ Hunt was asked if he would like to see his team out front with a healthy lead by Christmas.
“Jeez‚ I don’t want to think too far ahead. I think it’s important that we get a bit of confidence back in the team.
“I think we took a psychological hammering last year. At this point last year we were bottom and we hadn’t won a game. So, at this point last year we took a bit of a psychological battering‚ from where we were, having won two trophies the year before,” he explained.
“And then we ended up winning the trophy [last season’s Telkom Knockout] around this time last year‚ which is crazy.
“It just shows you how football is. But there’s a new vibe and new spirit‚ and that’s important.”
Wits now turn their focus to defending their Telkom Knockout trophy‚ meeting Maritzburg United in the quarterfinals at Harry Gwala Stadium at the weekend.
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt.