Johannesburg – After watching his side climb to fourth in the Absa Premiership standings on Wednesday evening, courtesy of a 2-1 win over Chippa United, SuperSport United boss Gavin Hunt says the Pretoria outfit showed terrific character to claim the victory.
Matsatsantsa came from a goal down to bag the vital points at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville thanks to two second-half goals from Bevan Fransman and Bradley Grobler, after Chippa's William Twala netted a first half penalty.
“In the first half we weren't here. Chippa were better, they had two good chances to score, we also had two good chances but they were better than us,” Hunt said after United extended their unbeaten league run to eight matches.
“We made a few adjustments at half-time, changed the shape, changed one or two (players) and we were much better in the second half.
“We were a little bit flat and we had a bit of a set-to at half-time, we told a few home truths and we came out and were much better, which was good… the most important thing was that we responded.”
Hunt added that he was pleased with the two goals, particularly in their build-up, which saw SuperSport apply plenty of pressure and executed with deadly accuracy late in the second period.
“There was some good movement there and some good passing,” he said.
“The chances that we missed were easier to score than miss, but that's football. Over 90 minutes I thought we deserved the victory.
“We got out of it (coming from a goal down) and that's a sign of a decent team. We've gone a couple of games unbeaten now, which is important.
“They got the penalty, which was a penalty and that gave them a bit of life and impetus but once we got the equaliser, I thought there was only one winner and certainly in the second half we were good.”
Wednesday's fixture served as a catch-up game for Matsatsantsa, who progressed to the next round of the Caf Confederation Cup at the weekend, with a 2-0 win over Angolan side Petro Atletico, and Hunt said the team were under serious pressure, having to spread themselves across three competitions.
“We are playing so many different competitions at this stage. You must understand, when you're playing every three days, it's going to take a little bit out of you here and there.
“We're coming to the business part of the season now. It doesn't matter where you are in the league, you're jockeying for relegation, top eight, winning the league, the Nedbank Cup and the Caf Cup.”
The victory bumps the Pretoria outfit up to 35 Premiership points, one ahead of Bidvest Wits, while Chippa – who suffered their sixth successive defeat – remain rooted to the bottom of the table, four points adrift of Black Leopards in 15th.
In Wednesday's other catch-up fixture, Orlando Pirates missed an opportunity to close the gap on log-leaders Kaizer Chiefs when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Ajax Cape Town at the Cape Town Stadium, leaving the Soweto side third, level on points with high-flying Platinum Stars in second, but with an inferior goal difference. – Sapa