Absa Premiership

Benni: Maybe I'll have to employ a defence coach

2019-09-29 14:10
Benni McCarthy
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Cape Town - Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy is considering hiring a defence coach after his side's rearguard was once again exposed in the 3-3 draw with Orlando Pirates.

The result extended City's winless run to six matches. McCarthy's side have conceded 12 goals in the Absa Premiership this season, the most of any other side.

The Citizens went 2-0 up after just ten minutes but allowed the Buccanneers back in to the game and eventually had to rely on Shane Roberts' 85th-minute strike for a share of the spoils.

It was a case of history repeating itself for McCarthy's side, who suffered a similar fate two weeks in a 3-3 draw with SuperSport United.

"It's the story of our lives, we played so well to get our noses in front then we allow silly mistakes," said the Bafana Bafana all-time top goalscorer.

We become casual, we gave the ball away and allow the opposition back in. They get a very fortunate, fluke, lucky goal whatever you may call it and the second goal they've worked for it. Half-time you go in, knowing that you could've been in front."

Apart from having the league's leakiest defence, City have also scored the most goals in the Absa Premiership 12), along with Pirates. And taking in to account the chances they had, McCarthy feels his side could have put the game to bed early in the first half already.

"We've worked a lot on how we're going to contain them, when to press them and when to hit [on counter-attacks]. It should have been 4-0 by my count, 3v3 one-on-one situations. Kermit [Erasmus], Fagrie [Lakay] one on one with the goalkeeper. If it goes in, [at] 4-0, as good a team Pirates is, they don't come back," said the Citizens mentor.

"Shane Roberts could have had a hat-trick from the five minutes since coming on, if he was just switched on from the off and not faced because we play at Orlando Stadium. Then the ball eventually fall for him, pressure and then he scored. We take a point.

"Maybe I need to do what they do in NFL football and employ a defensive coach to come held us in defence and [help] us [to be] organised, so we don't leak goals. Again, away from home, [we concede] three goals, then you're disappointed.

"When you're a coach and the whole week you work on the build up, what they're trying to do and how you're going to hit them. How you can benefit from drawing them out in the open, of course it gives you joy, that wow we said we're going to do this and it comes out exactly as we said. We get one goal, then two goals and we should've got three and four. That's the reward you want to see."


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