McCarthy now has the tough task of lifting a City change room he says resembled a 'funeral'

14 September 2017 - 12:36 By Mark Gleeson
Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy reacts with his bench during the Absa Premiership match against Kaizer Chiefs at Cape Town Stadium on September 13, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy reacts with his bench during the Absa Premiership match against Kaizer Chiefs at Cape Town Stadium on September 13, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.
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Benni McCarthy now heads into unchartered waters as he faces the challenge of picking up his Cape Town City players for the first time after their five-match winning streak was brought to an end by Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday night.

"I think winning five in a row brought a lot of media hype and pressure‚ particularly with people asking when it was going to end.

"But we all go into a job because we want to end up in a higher position than where we started. “In management‚ the worst feeling is losing.

"I can take it because I suffered it as a player.

"I know how to take it‚ but how do I get my players to now continue with their positive attitude‚ this positive momentum that we had going?

“I’ve been dreading when we lose‚ asking myself ‘how am I going to keep the players going?’

“When you are winning they think it’s all good and that everything is possible but when they lose they take it really hard. So … we’ll see.”

City had numerous chances as they laid siege to Chiefs’ goal but could not find the net and conceded twice after half-time to have their 100 percent run ended.

McCarthy said their change room after the match resembled a “funeral”.

“But the players gave all they could and there is not much more I can ask from them.

"It was one of the most exciting PSL matches for a long time. It had everything for the fans.

"One defeat does not make us a bad team.”

City do not have a weekend fixture but face another tough encounter away against Orlando Pirates next Tuesday.

- TimesLIVE

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