Gavin Hunt says every match counts

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Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt will continue to prioritise every competition offer despite his side fighting to get clear from the relegation zone in the Absa Premiership.

Wits are currently 13th on the log. They face Cape Town City in the Nedbank Cup on Wednesday and the students will use the match to continue with their momentum after a good start to the second half of the season.

It has been a tumultuous season for Wits. It has been a struggle to get out of the relegation zone and only recently have the Clever Boys been able to see some progress. Perhaps that is the reason Hunt feels that the situation will turn around for the better with the remaining matches to the season.

“Pretty simple you score and you don’t concede in the first round. We didn’t score and we conceded so that obviously got our backs against the wall. We can rescue a lot I think there is a lot we can still do 10 games to go and in the Nedbank and champions league so there is still a lot to do,” he said.

Wits have managed to win three trophies in 14 months. Their last title was the Telkom Knockout Cup in December. With such success, they now appear to be a shadow of the team they were last season. S Wits would be forgiven if they were to put all their focus on the league competition.

“It bothers me every time we lose a game or draw a game I mean we were in the Nedbank Cup two three years ago. We lost people forget about that, so we are trying every game there is no other way it’s not me, I don’t play like that, I have never played like that. We play every game to give it our max, try our best and go from there,” said Hunt.

On Wednesday Wits will host Cape Town City in the Nedbank Cup. It is their fourth meeting this season and the visitors have a better record against the Students.

“I think we owe it to ourselves to beat Cape Town City because they have been all over us since the beginning of the season, so we owe it to ourselves to beat them. It’s not for the cup but for our pride as well,” said Vincent Pule.

Hunt says there will be no advantage playing at home against City. Cape Town teams have found it hard playing in Johannesburg. However the Citizens have beaten Wits twice in the Students own backyard. Hunt praised Benni McCarthy for making sure that City remains to be a good fighting side.

“They have good energy, they have done well. They have made a cup final already, they lost, they are second or third in the league now so they have had a good season so far,” Hunt said.

The Students should be inspired by their recent performance. Wits have managed three win in five matches with the other two ending in stalemates. In the process they have scored nine goals.