Much has been discussed about City’s fluent passing style of football - but Tuesday’s victory proved that McCarthy’s men also have grit and commitment.
After three wins on the trot, Cape Town City are in a buoyant mood and keen to continue their winning momentum when they tackle Highlands Park in a PSL fixture at Makhulong Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon (3.30pm kick-off).
But, while coach Benni McCarthy was happy with the 2-1 away win over Polokwane City on Tuesday night, he had words of praise for the opposition. The Limpopo Province team gave the Capetonians problems throughout the 90 minutes. Even when they had their captain, Jabu Maluleke, sent off in the 68th minute, it didn’t stop their hard work. They kept fighting and, in the end, they were unlucky not to snatch a point.
“I was happy with the result,” said McCarthy. “The team was fantastic. The plan, especially early on, was not to let Polokwane settle down – and then, when we create chances, to be clinical. That’s what we got with the early goal.
“After that, Polokwane were always chasing the game and we got the second goal. But towards the end, the team gave me a few grey hairs, but credit to Polokwane; they really came at us and put pressure on our defence. But, still, I think we were deserved winners.
“We’ve got a nice group of players going here and we are starting to show on the field what we are doing at training. It’s now three (wins) on the bounce – so it’s just onwards and upwards for us.”
Much has been discussed about City’s fluent passing style of football – but Tuesday’s victory proved that McCarthy’s men also have grit and commitment.
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