Gavin Hunt wary of Highlands, the ‘hardest’ of PSL opponents
Wits coach says log positions mean little in the heat of a Premiership game
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has cautioned against judging the strength of opponents on their log standings as he prepares his PSL log leaders for their clash against Highlands Park at the Makhulong Stadium on Saturday.
The four-time Premiership-winning coach says results are very unpredictable in the domestic topflight and he will not allow himself to be lulled into a false sense of security in Wits’ 20th league game of the campaign against the 10th-placed Highlands.
“Another fight‚ another fight‚” said Hunt as he summed up the Premiership leaders’ meeting with Highlands on Saturday.
“Highlands Park is a hard team to play against‚ if not the hardest because of the way they play the game. There’s just nothing wrong with that because everybody has got a way they want to play. We just have to overcome those things — if you want to win you have to overcome those things.
“You have to be better‚ so you have to match the intensity and hopefully we have the ability to take over.”
On playing Highlands Park at the same time as second-paced Orlando Pirates who face Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto derby‚ Hunt said he is experienced enough to concentrate on his own assignment rather than worry about his title rivals.
“I really don’t look at any other fixtures‚ I just look at what we do‚” said the Wits coach who won the league title with the Clever Boys in 2016-17. “I’ve been too long in this business to look and I don’t get excited if anybody loses or draws.
“I just look at our fixtures and obviously I’ve been disappointed when we dropped points so badly this year‚ but there’s still a long way to go. If it was five games to go I would be really worried‚ but right now I’m not worried‚ we are enjoying it.”
Wits skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo got the only goal when the sides met in the first round league match in Milpark in October.