Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt said once his team had their two early goals against Cape Town City, they had to sit back and defend their lead because of their hectic programme and weary players.
Hunt admitted Chiefs’ game management could have been better in the second half of their 2-1 Premier Soccer League (PSL) win at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday when City threw everything at Amakhosi, had a penalty turned down and struck the post, and could only produce Fagrie Lakay’s 83rd-minute strike.
City might have had the greater number of chances, but in the first half Chiefs opened the Citizens with two lightning moves of precision and simplicity, allowing young guns Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (seventh minute) and Happy Mashiane (18th) to give them a quick-fire lead.
City’s opportunities in the first half were mostly limited to half-chances. In the second half, Chiefs rode their luck.
Hunt, though, would also have been pleased at the grit they displayed in holding off the Citizens to earn a second successive victory after their 1-0 win against AmaZulu in Durban on Wednesday to move from just above the relegation zone to eighth place within in week.
“You can see we are playing every two, three days, and they haven’t — so it was difficult. Once we got the two goals, we had to dig in and give one of those performances,” Hunt said.
“It wasn’t pretty to watch, but if you look at the league table where we were at the bottom [14th last weekend], and people say lots of things.
“We got a foothold in the game nice and early with two goals, which does help, especially away from home.
“I came here last year [with Bidvest Wits], I lost 2-1 and it was exactly the other way round where we camped in their half and tried to score and couldn’t.
“So it happens like that. And when you are playing every two, three days, your legs go, and you could see it.
“In the last three weeks we’ve been to Angola, Cameroon, playing up and down — and we’re playing again on Tuesday.
“But right now we’ve got to try and get as many points as we can and try and get away from where we were.
“I thought at 2-0 up they’re going to come, they’re the home team, they’re going to throw numbers at you, and they had chances, but we also had chances where we could have made it one or two more.”
Asked if he felt City might equalise, Hunt said: “It only takes a moment in any game for a team to score.”
Chiefs host Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
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