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Huntie's View On The Bucs Game 19/04/04
Moroka Swallows's 2-0 surprise beating of Orlando Pirates in a pulsating Absa Cup quarter-final game was more of a team effort than individual skills according to their head coach Gavin Hunt.

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Swallows finished the game with 10-men when referee Petros Mathabela sent Tshiamo Seneo for what was, according to him, a second bookable offence.

Hunt though did not want to dwell on the refs' decisions.

"We played as a team and it worked wonders for us. We prepared very well and we concentrated on what players can do as a unit than play a individual game," the winning coach told the official Birds web site.

Hunt mentioned that he was disappointed with the refereeing where his players received five yellow cards.

Besides sending off Seneo, denying Swallows a penalty and amazingly booking Lungisani Ndlela for shielding the ball from an opponent Mathabela blew in favour of the Sea Robbers for the better part of an action-packed game.

"In as much as I would not like to comment about the ref, it does not do our football good, I think football needs a lot of consistence from the refs, s seemingly disgruntled Hunt said.

The former Hellenic coach said the preparation he put his team through prior to the traditional Soweto derby is what made the difference on the day and is hoping to continue this form in the Premiership.

Earlier this season The Dube Birds were beaten by Jomo Cosmos in the inaugural SAA Sup8 championship and is confident his team can make it to the second edition of the Absa Cup.

"We now need to consolidate our position in the Castle Premiership where we have been struggling of late but otherwise I am happy with the Absa Cup and if we can go all the way to the finals, it will be wonderful to make two Cup finals in the same season," a gleaming Hunt added.

The Dube Birds are fifth on the Castle Premiership table 12 points behind Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs who have 54 points.

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