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Benni McCarthy unfazed by Cape Town City’s three-match losing streak

Posted: 26 October 2017 Time: 20:00

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy insists there’s no cause for alarm following three consecutive defeats, and says he has been happy with the way his team has been playing.

Following their high-flying start under their new coach, the Citizens have failed to achieve a positive result in their last three encounters, losing the MTN8 final on penalties to SuperSport United before successive league losses to Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United.

Despite the defeats, McCarthy says he cannot be disappointed with his side’s effort, insisting that they are playing better football than earlier in the season.

“It’s a difficult task for us a team as we’re on the back of three disappointing results – the MTN8 final, which keeps haunting us, and then the two league games against Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa,” McCarthy said. “But overall I’m still extremely happy with the boys, because if you look at the stats over our incredible winning run, we weren’t playing the best football.

"Now, we’re playing some really great football, but the results are going against us. So we have to try and change things around and find that winning mentality while playing good football as well.”

The winless run has naturally had critics questioning whether this will derail City’s season, yet their head coach says he’s not worried at all.

“There’s no alarm bells yet, so there’s no need to go in tough on the guys, as we’ve been playing some fantastic football – it’s just our concentration levels in key moments of the game that’s been letting us down, but that’s something that will come right,” he said.

“It happens in football – at times the harder you try, the worse it gets. So we mustn’t put too much pressure on ourselves – that’s the only thing we need to change about our game, and believe more in our abilities and qualities and in the group, so that we can turn it around. If we win one, we can start winning them all.”

McCarthy insists his squad is united, through both the good and bad times.

“I don’t want to continue to lose – it’s not nice,” he said. “These guys are all winners, they all want to be part of a winning outfit and that’s what we have here. But I said to them, we win together and we lose together, so now it’s about getting ourselves out of this hole that we are in, and move forward as a team.”

City face Baroka on Sunday as they begin the defence of their Telkom Knockout crown at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Kick-off is set for 15h30.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis
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