Hunt: What pressure?

2009-03-17 20:01

Johannesburg - SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt rubbished talks of his team being under pressure while the likes of Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns aim to close in on the log leaders.

"What pressure," he scoffed, "Teams at the bottom are under pressure but we are not. Why must we panic or feel pressured, we're in the lead and there are seven games to go and we'll take it one game at a time."

"The only pressure we have is to play good football. We expect to do play well and in this case, where there is expectation there is pressure," he explained.

One game at a time was Hunt's attitude last season when they won the Absa Premiership league, and this time around the candid coach is using the same approach.

"It worked last season, so why change a winning formula. I don't think about facing Pirates or Swallows, I'm thinking of beating Sundowns on Thursday night. One game at a time," Hunt repeated.

Sundowns are third with 38 points, eight points behind their opponents. The league winning coach did not want to discuss his opponents and rather chose to speak of his team.

"The players are fit, they're focused and they know what is expected of them. We'll see what happens against Sundowns. We all know the quality they have and who their players are," he said matter-of-factly. Midfielder Lance Davids will miss the match due to suspension and defender Ricardo Katza is not yet ready according to Hunt.

He said: "We've got players that are fit and ready for this match and we can't complain about what we don't have."

Sundowns host United at their own stadium, the Super Stadium on Thursday night as their usual home ground Loftus stadium is under construction for the Confederation Cup.