Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt admits that little will matter during the second half of the Absa Premiership season if they cannot keep gaining points from the matches they play.
The Students are currently second on the league table, level on points with leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, but with a slightly inferior goal difference.
They suffered only a second loss of the campaign in their final match of 2015 when they lost 2-1 to Kaizer Chiefs in Cape Town. They were also beaten by the Brazilians earlier in the campaign.
“It’s about the two ‘p’s: Played and Points – not about anything else. What goes in between doesn’t matter.
“If you say we’ve played well against Chiefs, how many points did we get? None! So, that’s the bottom line.”
Despite the Amakhosi loss, Wits are still well placed to mount a strong challenge for a first ever Absa Premiership title.
Hunt, who has previously been hesitant to talk about their title bid, admits they are well in the frame for the 2015/16 race.
“Obviously I consider ourselves as title contenders,” he said. “I mean we’re sitting pretty at the top with 26 points and we got ourselves into that position.
“When we start playing in January, February, in the CAF (Confederation Cup) and Nedbank (Cup), our squad will getter better.
“We just need mileage in our legs and to play. You saw the last time when we played three in a row and we have won them all. By the third game we were flying. So that is all I think we need.
“So going back to the question if we should be considered as serious contenders… Yeah, why not?”
But the Wits boss admitted that there was plenty of hard work ahead of them.
The Johannesburg club resume the second half of the season with a trip to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium to play Chippa United.
“I’ve been in this situation many times and I know what takes,” Hunt added. “It’s certainly going take hard work.
“There is going to be games where you have try and grind out results. It’s not going be pretty, but who said it’s going to be pretty?”