Soccer

Hunt pleased with progress

2010-10-25 07:56
Gavin Hunt (Gallo)
Johannesburg - SuperSport United boss Gavin Hunt was quite pleased with his side's Telkom Knockout win against Vasco Da Gama at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night.

The reigning PSL Coach of the Season praised the improved performance from Matsatsantsa after they secured a 1-0 victory to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Anthony Laffor's goal in the 16th minute was enough for SuperSport to down the PSL minnows, but the scoreline could have been healthier for Hunt's men.

"The most important thing is we created a lot of chances tonight, but we couldn't score a lot," said the coach.

"But I mean at least we do create chances, the team worked hard and I think there was a good spirit among the players.

"It is always dangerous at 1-0 because they can get one if we don't make it safe, but all in all it was a better performance from the one on Wednesday against Ajax.

"We had a good week; two victories and a draw and that's important for us, but overall it was a good performance and we are finding a little bit of our rhythm now."

When asked what his side's aim is in the tournament, Hunt added: "We are going to try to win the competition. For the last three years we have lost on penalties, so we will see this time, but we have Kaizer Chiefs here next week in the league and let's worry about that first."

Meanwhile, Vasco coach Carlos das Neves was also happy with his side's showing despite being dumped out of the competition.

"Obviously we were playing the champions three years in a row, so we came here with nothing to lose, no pressure and we didn't play really well in the first half. We gave them far too much space and too much respect - from the two forwards especially," he said.

"I think we were unlucky when we hit the post because that should have made it 1-1 but you know we were also sloppy with our play in the first half - too many passes going astray, poor control and that's needed to be fixed up in the second half.

"Second half we had a much improved displayed, but we also didn't create too many chances.

"But I'm proud that we came and we gave a decent showing, we didn't disgrace ourselves and I think we showed to the rest of the league that we are going to be hard to beat. It is not going to be easy to roll us over," das Neves concluded. 

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