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Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy wishes the season was over

Posted: 16 April 2018 Time: 18:00

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy admits he wishes the season was over as he watched another laborious display from his charges over the weekend.

The Citizens lacked the cutting edge once more as they played out a goalless draw with SuperSport United on Saturday evening, the solitary point denting their top-four hopes as they remain sixth, six points adrift of fourth-placed Chiefs.

The draw continued a five-match winless streak across all competitions for City, with McCarthy once again questioning his players’ commitment at full-time.

“I’m disappointed that we didn’t control the pace of the game, and I think the pressure told on us – the fact that we haven’t won in the last three [league] matches,” he said. “So that does get to the players, as you could see in our build-up play, nobody wanted the ball, they were scared to make mistakes, so we made it difficult for ourselves.

“But it’s better than losing; we can build on from two draws, but they’re not helping our cause, especially with how tight it is around us [on the table]. Getting three points seems to be very, very tough at this stage of the season.”

McCarthy feels it’s been a long season, and is relishing the final day of the campaign, with his mind already on revamping his squad, especially his strikeforce, ahead of next term.

“If this was the last game of the season, I would be bungee jumping off the roof here at the stadium,” he joked. “I think it's been an unbelievable season, and a great experience, but I think now it’s extended a little bit too long.

“It’s getting to the time where we can go back, do our homework on the kind of players we want to bring in and know we can rely on, that will be able to give us that little bit more in the final third. And that’s why I really want this season to come to a halt so I can go get the guys I really want to help push the team. In other departments we’re okay, but where it matters most, we’re struggling.”

City have a nine-day break ahead of their next Absa Premiership encounter, a trip to Polokwane City next Wednesday.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis
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