Benni McCarthy

Benni McCarthy, Coach of Cape Town City (Chris Ricco/BackpagePix)

PSL news: Benni McCarthy lays into misfiring players

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy was left frustrated as his side crashed out of the Telkom Knockout after failing to score once again.

Benni McCarthy

Benni McCarthy, Coach of Cape Town City (Chris Ricco/BackpagePix)

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy was once again left lamenting his side’s poor form in front of goal as they crashed out of the Telkom Knockout at the hands of AmaZulu, who handed them a 2-0 defeat at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Tuesday night.

The defeat was the fourth game running where the men from the Mother City failed to find the net in open play, in a run that includes the MTN8 final where they had to rely on the intervention of a penalty shootout to emerge victorious.

Despite having a man who – in his playing days – was the most prolific of strikers, the Citizens struggles in front of goal stretch back to last season where they netted just 26 times in their 30 league outings. Only the two relegated teams Ajax Cape Town and Platinum Stars, along with Bloemfontein, managed to score less.

Speaking in the post-match interview following the loss, a visibly irritated McCarthy was at his wit’s end as to why the hard work done in the training ground did not translate to goals scored come matchday.

“For the past two weeks, all we’ve done was offensive football, playing in between the lines, getting it into the striker, getting in behind, and finishing,” he said.

“And then today, we do exactly what we’ve done in training, but ja… So, I think if you don’t score goals, it’s clear what’s going to happen. It just gets a bit frustrating when your players doesn’t want to take responsibility to put the bloody ball in the back of the net. Simple.

“It’s easy to do it in training, when there is no opposition. Come game-time, it’s like nobody wants to get into positions where they should score goals.”

Cape Town City’s misfiring has also proven quite costly in the league, where they currently occupy 14th place with their last victory coming in their season opener against Supersport United over two months ago.

With no cup action for a while, McCarthy said that all the focus now will be on getting back up among the big boys, but admitted it will take a huge shift for them to start putting points on the board.

“For us, concentrating on getting up the league table – getting points. But I think I’m going to have a nice heart-to-heart with my players because I think it’s clear to see something’s got to give. Something’s got to change, or else. Let me just keep it at that.”

Cape Town City’s next fixture is against AmaZulu, this time at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday night.