Absa Premiership

Benni hails City's fight after 'smash and grab' victory

2019-01-31 10:35
Benni McCarthy
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Cape Town - Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy praised the fight of his team after a 1-0 victory over Kaizer Chiefs in their Absa Premiership clash at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday.

As it happened: Kaizer Chiefs 0-1 Cape Town City

The Cape side were on the back foot for large periods of the game and had goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh to thank for keeping the score level.

However, with just over 10 minutes remaining City pounced on an error from Chiefs shot-stopper Virgil Vries as Edmilson tapped the ball home to give the visitors victory.

McCarthy said after the game: "It was not one of our proudest performances.

"The first half we were a bit flat. Chiefs could have put the game to bed if I must be honest.

"The half-time team talk seemed to work and then we came out and then we looked more like a team that's up for it. Then we began to string a few passes together and draw them out and try to find (Gift) Links and Craig Martin as we usually do.

"And then we started creating chances. If it was 0-0, both coaches would have been happy with a point.

"But the odd occasion you take a smash and grab. But the fight from my players was second to none. We keep ticking away and prefer to be the underdog."

The victory sees City into fourth position on the PSL table, only four points behind leaders Wits with the Cape side next in action on Saturday when they travel to Amazulu.

Kick-off is at 20:15.

 

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