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Hunt angry at United's surrender

By unknown | Dec 22, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt did not react well to his team's 1-0 loss to Santos at Super Stadium on Saturday.

Hunt watched in disgust as his charges meekly relinquished the top spot in the Absa Premiership to the Cape Town side, going into the second half of the season.

He lambasted the players for their lack of commitment and desire and wondered whether they had put enough value on the match.

Still, United were an unfamiliar team, missing no less than nine of their regulars to injuries and suspension, among them Brent Carelse, Morgan Gould and Katlego Mashego.

But Santos, who have been on the up and up since starting the season on the wrong footing, had a game plan they stuck to - biding their time until the defending champions had exhausted themselves and then striking.

This they did in the 60th minute through a nicely taken strike by Tyren Arendse.

Coach David Bright was all smiles afterwards as he complimented his players for keeping their composure and delivering under trying circumstances, particularly as they had lost goalkeeper Francis Chansa who had collided with United striker Glen Salmon.

"Our game plan today worked for us. We wanted to consolidate as they went for us, and then wait for our chance. I'm glad we used it and I'm happy for Tyren - we have been playing him in a slightly different role and I'm obviously pleased with the results," said Bright.

Bright had benched danger man Eleazar Rogers, choosing instead to start with Jerome Ramatlhakwana as target man and Mogogi Gabonamong supporting him.

The visitors had United in a panic late in the first half when Musa Otieno's goal-bound header was stopped by goal keeper Dennis Onyango.

The hosts took some shots at the Santos goalkeeper too, and their best chances fell to Anthony Laffor in the 44th and 68th minutes , but nothing much troubled the Santos defence.

"We have done great to put ourselves in this position - collecting points away from home and so on - and to do what we did today is rather disappointing," said Hunt.

He was also bewildered that players who do not command regular starting berths failed to grab their chances.


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