Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt was made to sweat in the Pietermaritzburg heat before his side finally secured victory over Maritzburg United on Wednesday night.
The Clever Boys were 1-0 up at half time through a Daine Klate goal. But a debut PSL goal for Gregory Maasdorp 10 minutes from time made it look as if Wits were going to go home with only one point, until James Keene buried a 95th minute header with the final play of the game for a 2-1 win.
The result kept the Students in second spot, seven points off pace-setting Mamelodi Sundowns, who beat Black Aces 2-1 in Tshwane.
“I said it’s going to a game of attrition, because of the heat. I never seen anything like that, it was worse than the Seychelles last week,” Hunt said after the match.
“Both teams I think took strain. But gee, I nearly had a heart attack, I feel another ten years older, unbelievable!
“Teams have done it to us this year as well, you know, sometimes the soccer gods they repay you a little bit,” continued the three-time Absa Premiership winning manager.
“I thought we worked hard, although second half they came at us. First half though, Daine [Klate] missed a tap in, and there were one or two other chances as well, James [Keene] had one.
“I said to the players it’s going to be a huge battle here and credit to Maritzburg, I’ve watched a lot of their games this year which they didn’t deserve to lose, and maybe this was another one, but we didn’t deserve to lose either.”