Absa Premiership

Josephs hails Wits' effort

2014-04-06 11:24
Moeneeb Josephs (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs refused to take the credit for keeping Wits in the game, as the visitors held off a determined Black Aces outfit in Nelspruit on Saturday.

Sthembiso Ngcobo scored an early brace, and while Tendai Ndoro pulled one back for the visitors in the 41st minute, the Students stood firm at the back to keep out the rampant Aces strike force in the second half.

Josephs produced some superb saves in the closing stages to hand his team a 2-1 win in the Premiership clash.

"I made a few saves but I have to give credit to my teammates who scored the early goals," Josephs said.

"Our defenders also did well when they came at us a little harder, and fortunately I think luck was on my side.

"Credit to the whole team. Everyone worked very hard.

"It's always going to be tough against a team like Black Aces, but we came here and got the points and that was the key."

Wits coach Gavin Hunt, however, was not entirely satisfied with his team's performance as Aces dominated most of the match.

The Students nonetheless retained third place in the top-flight league standings.

"Until we realise what our strengths and weaknesses are, we won't go forward," Hunt said.

Aces coach Clive Barker, meanwhile, was delighted with another solid showing by his newly promoted outfit.

Amazayoni were relentless after conceding two goals in the opening 15 minutes, and Barker praised his team, despite the defeat ending a six-match unbeaten run for the top-flight newcomers.

"I think we were magnificent. We controlled the game, and if it was a boxing match the referee would have called it off long ago," Barker said.

"But all credit to them (Wits). They're a good unit, and they've been a good unit for a long time now.

"They hung in there when other teams would have given up." Barker believed his side were producing the most entertaining performances in the league this season.

"Well done to my team. They're a revelation, and I think they're the best footballing side in the country, and I'm proud to be able to say that."

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