We should have won quite comfortably – Kaizer Chiefs coach Hunt rues missed chances

The accomplished tactician stated that he cannot blame his players following their narrow defeat in the Soweto Derby

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt insisted that they should have won against Orlando Pirates on Saturday afternoon.

Amakhosi suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Buccaneers in a PSL encounter which took place at the Mecca of South African football, Orlando Stadium. 

Hunt watched on as his charges missed many goalscoring opportunities including Samir Nurkovic’s missed penalty, before Daniel Cardoso scored Chiefs’ consolation goal.

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“Yes, we played well, we should have won the game quite comfortably, what more do you want me to say? That’s it. I thought we did well,” Hunt told SuperSport TV.

“The chances they cleared off the line, I don’t know how many they cleared off the line, so we did well you know. That’s it. I can’t fault the players.”

Hunt was disappointed to see his side concede for the second time when they were searching for the equalizing goal.

“That’s pretty basic in football [to take chances] but you also have to defend better. I thought the second goal was poor from our side, there’s only one winner here,” he continued. 

“We should have won the game. But you’re chasing the game, the second goal goes in and it looks bad but we had chances to even make it 2-2, so yeah, disappointing.

“There’s a lot of things I can’t say it, let’s talk football but we had more than enough chances. In the first-half we should have been 2-0, 3-0 [up].”

It was Chiefs’ third consecutive defeat to Pirates this season as Amakhosi were embarrassed 5-0 on aggregate by Bucs in the 2020 MTN8 semi-final tie. 

“It’s the same as the cup game, Khama [Billiat] and [Leonardo] Castro should have scored, we would have been 2-0 up before they even scored a goal, then it’s two away goals,” he added. 

“It’s a different ball game and you end up losing. It’s the same [as] today, I mean the goal that we missed there I don’t know what happened, Castro, [Samir ] Nurkovic went through before they even looked like scoring.

“So, that was disappointing from our side but I knew we had to score first and we didn’t.”

Chiefs remained eighth on the league standings and they have now turned their attention to the Nedbank Cup Last 32 clash with Richards Bay on February 7.

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