Benni feels play­ers’ pain af­ter loss

The Times (South Africa) - - Sport - By MARK GLEE­SON

● 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’m gut­ted that it came to an end‚” Mc­Carthy said af­ter their 2-0 loss at Cape Town Sta­dium in the first de­feat of his fledg­ling coach­ing ca­reer.

“Win­ning five in a row brought a lot of me­dia hype and pres­sure‚ par­tic­u­larly with peo­ple ask­ing when it was go­ing to end.

“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 ev­ery­thing is pos­si­ble but when they lose they take it re­ally hard.”

City had nu­mer­ous chances as they laid siege to Chiefs’s goal but could not find the net and con­ceded twice af­ter half­time to have their 100% win­ning run ended.

Mc­Carthy said their locker 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.

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

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

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