Tue Sep 26 10:59:22 CAT 2017

McCarthy now has the tough task of lifting Cape Town City change room he says resembled a 'funeral'

2017-09-14 13:22:52.0 | 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‚" he said after the 2-0 loss at the Cape Town Stadium in the first defeat of his fledgling coaching career.

"I think winning five in a row brought a lot of media hype and pressure‚ particularly with people asking when it was going to end.

"But we all go into a job because we want to end up in a higher position than where we started.

“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 that everything is possible but when they lose they take it really hard. So … we’ll see.”

City had numerous chances as they laid siege to Chiefs’ goal but could not find the net and conceded twice after half-time to have their 100 percent run ended.

McCarthy said their change 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.

"It had everything for the fans.

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

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

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