Benni feels players’ pain after loss
● 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.