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Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy upset by loss to Maritzburg United

Posted: 6 December 2017 Time: 15:00

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy says some of his players must take a look in the mirror and ask if they are in the right profession.

McCarthy cut a frustrated figure after his side lost 4-2 to Maritzburg United at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu on Tuesday night.

City were forced to take the match to Maritzburg's home province due to the unavailability of Cape Town Stadium owing to the Rugby Sevens World Series event this weekend and the temporary closure of Athlone Stadium.

McCarthy was reluctant to blame playing a home game on the road for the result.

"I don't want to make excuses like that, but of course it's not normal when you play your home game that you've got to get on a plane to go and play," he said.

"Already leading up to the game players were complaining about the travelling and now they have to travel back. On Friday it's back to Joburg and then Nelspruit so it is a lot of travelling... it's unheard of.

"But this is the case and we have to face that. We decided to choose Princess Magogo Stadium to come and play so we shouldn't make that as an excuse... it was an easy option to take.

"I think some of the players have to take responsibility. They have to look themselves in the mirror and ask themselves hard questions, if they think they were good enough or if they are in the right profession."

The Citizens were 1-0 up at the break against the Team of Choice through Sibusiso Masina's 17th minute strike. However, Pogiso Sanoka equalised 10 minutes after the interval before Mohau Mokate added a brace to put United in control. Lyle Lakay pulled one back for City in the 88th minute, when his shot deflected off Bevan Fransman. But Siphesihle Ndlovu finished off the Citizens just before the final whistle.

McCarthy wants his men to rediscover their ruthless streak.

"What happens when you play well, you control the game but you don't kill off the opposition. When you create chances and you have the opposition on the ropes, sometimes playing good football doesn't help," he said.

"I think at the moment we do too much of that and too little of taking our opportunities and you say if only, if only, if only... I think the biggest problem that I have and that I'm facing is that we don't score enough goals... we don't go for the jugular when the opposition is nowhere near to it.

"We lost the desire we had and it was like the wind got knocked out of us because we didn't think that the way we played in the first half that they were going to come back. That is the problem that I have in the team."

McCarthy's charges next face SuperSport United at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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