Cape Town - Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy believes
overly aggressive defending from Kaizer Chiefs players caused his attacking
stars to be ineffective in Sunday's 2-0 loss to Amakhosi.
The Glamour Boys won the Nedbank Cup quarter-final courtesy
of strikes by Hendrick Ekstein as well as Dumisani Zuma.
Nonetheless, the likes of Kermit Erasmus and Riyaad Norodien
were not at the races in the encounter seemingly because of some tough tackling
from Chiefs' defence.
McCarthy told reporters after the tie: "We started
okay, wasn't too bad.
"But you could see the intentions from Chiefs were
clear, and what I was expecting from my team, we didn't do that.
"We started playing Kermit Erasmus, a 5-foot 2 player,
against the big giants who wants to hurt players, the Hadebes of today you
know, because he does it over and over and over again.
"Players who have no intentions of just winning clean
balls, he takes anything else off the spot and if he gets away with it, why
[should he] stop?
"So yeah, we started to play into Chiefs' hands and
when the ball doesn’t get to us, then you start seeing players doing things
they are not supposed to do, and that was the case."
City are next in action in the Premiership when they take on
Golden Arrows on Saturday in Durban.