A dejected Gavin Hunt spoke with confidence about how Kaizer Chiefs will bounce back from their disappointment of losing against arch-rivals Orlando Pirates on Saturday at Orlando Stadium
Before the Pirates clash, ‘Amakhosi’ had produced some promising results, and even went on a five-game unbeaten run and moved away from the danger of the relegation zone.
The defeat disrupted the momentum Chiefs were starting to pick up this year as they bagged 11 points out of a possible 15 heading into the Soweto Derby encounter, a good run of form which started to convince the ‘Amakhosi’ supporters that their team had turned the corner after a poor start.
“I’m disappointed. We should have won the game. We had more than enough chances to win the game‚ we were very unfortunate to lose the game‚” said Hunt.
“But that’s sometimes‚ you know … football doesn’t always go for you. We had many‚ many chances and thought we did very well today.
“Of course, it’s a step back. Every time we lose a game of football, it’s a step backwards, points-wise and morale wise.
“We’ll need to get them back up again, but we’ll go again,” added Hunt, who was still pleased with his team’s performance.
It was Hunt’s third successive derby defeat as he lost twice in the MTN8 semi-finals before a 2-1 DStv Premiership loss at a wet Orlando Stadium at the weekend. They drop to eighth position on the log standings with 18 points after 15 matches – four wins, six draws, and five defeats.
“No, not at all (the hype of the Derby doesn’t get to the players). If you understand the ‘no football rule’ you’ll know the (advantages).
“But sometimes football doesn’t work like that. We’ve got some time off, so we’ve got to go back and try to work on a few things,” concluded Hunt.
‘The Glamour Boys’ will get some time off this week before shifting their focus to the Nedbank Cup where they tackle GladAfrica Championship side Richards Bay at FNB Stadium on Sunday.
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