Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt was left to rue a first half red card as his side’s top eight hopes were dealt a blow with a 2-1 DStv Premiership loss to relegation-threatened TTM on Tuesday.
Njabulo Blom received a second yellow card on 38 minutes to see Chiefs reduced to 10 men, and shortly afterwards they were a goal down too after Thabo Rakhale struck for TTM.
Lebo Manyama equalized, but Chiefs conceded a penalty that was converted by Thabo Mnyamane in the eighth minute of injury-time at the end of the game and slipped to yet another loss in their dismal campaign.
“I thought we were well in the game until the red card, but we stayed on the front foot, made changes at halftime to stay in it,” Hunt said. “We tried to get something to play towards and we did well, we got the goal and if we had a little bit of care upfront, we could have done better.
“We didn’t hold it or gave it away cheaply and obviously we got turned over, but we were right in the game. They were always going to come out with extra numbers to overload us.
“But we did well, the changes were right but then that’s pretty much how it has been, you got to have the mentality and the game toughness to see it out.”
Chiefs are now battling to make the top eight for next season, they are three points behind TS Galaxy in the final qualification place and have now played a game more.
Hunt was left frustrated by his side making the same mistakes as in previous games.
“The first goal was the same mistake [as against Bloemfontein Celtic], pretty much things you can’t understand. But I thought we did well to come back in. We could have had a chance to win it at the end but they got the bounce of the ball there.
“Obviously we missed Blom with his legs, he could give us legs, he’s one player that can get across the field, and up down. We deserved more out of the game, same as Saturday [against Celtic], you know, it is what it is.”