Wits go top of PSL table
Wits beat Supersport United 1-0 to replace Ajax at the top of the PSL log.
JOHANNESBURG - Wits replaced Ajax Cape Town at the top of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) table after beating Gordon Igesund and his Supersport United outfit 1-0 at the Bidvest Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Clever Boys were forced to clinch their win the hard way as Henrico Botes was shown the red card for wrestling aggressively with defender Clayton Daniels in the first half.
Despite the one man advantage, Supersport struggled to handle the constant attack from Wits forwards and could not find a way past the defensive quartet of Thulani Hlatshwayo, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Onismor Bhasera and Nazeer Allie.
The solitary Wits goal came from Jabulani Shongwe, who, thanks to some neat interplay from the Wits attackers, dribbled his way past one defender and placed the ball into Ronwen Williams' top right corner.
Excellent result for Gavin Hunt's side and he wasn't happy about the red card dished out to Botes.
Hunt says he had to put in a lot of tactical consideration into his changes in the second half and says he was impressed with how some players handled the pressure.
"I said to the players in halftime, the longer we go at 1-0, the less changes we make, the better. It went and I thought Daine was outstanding at number nine. He was brilliant, he kept the ball, he played well and we needed change."
Wits have now gone unbeaten at home since the 6 March this year and have now picked up their fourth win in five games, losing just one.
In the evening's other results, Orlando Pirates not only failed to pick up their second win of the season, drawing 0-0 away to Polokwane City, they also lost captain Oupa Manyisa, who suffered an ankle fracture and will miss the team's CAF Confederations Cup semifinal 1st leg against Egyptian giants Al Ahly.
Platinum Stars moved to second on the log with a 3-2 win over Chippa United, Free State Stars got a late winner against Martizburg United, who are still at the bottom of the log without a win from five games.