Off the back of four successive league losses, the Citizens were able to return to winning ways, as two first-half goals from Ayanda Patosi and Lyle Lakay handed the home side a deserved three points, condemning Chippa to a sixth league loss, resulting in the sacking of head coach Teboho Moloi.
It was the first time in 14 games that City managed to score more than one goal in a match, their last coming in a 4-2 loss against Maritzburg United in December. And following his comments that his grandmother could score the opportunities previously missed by his strikers, McCarthy was left well-pleased.
“We’ve played some nice football, but obviously the lack of goals has been disappointing, so now my grandma doesn’t have to come from her grave and come and score goals for us,” McCarthy joked after the game.
“For me I don’t really care if it’s a 1-0 … as long as we do the right things, and we play according to strategy and what I want from them, and they just give me everything and enjoy themselves out there, then I’m happy.”
The City coach admitted there was a change in approach used against the Chilli Boys, which worked out in the end for his side.
“Against Chippa the players enjoyed themselves, stuck to the game plan and did what they were told in terms of how to control the game – didn’t go guns blazing because usually we always chase everything and then leave ourselves vulnerable,” he said. “We limited our mistakes, and asked questions of Chippa to really break us down, instead of us making mistakes and letting our opponents punish us. I’m happy with the overall performance and the guys’ application.”
The result leaves City in sixth place in the Absa Premiership, with the club next in action in Mozambique on Wednesday, as they prepare to face Costa do Sol in their CAF Confederation Cup first round first leg qualifier.