Cape Town - Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy believes lapses in concentration from defender Taariq Fielies led to the 2-1 defeat to Bidvest Wits in Saturday's Absa Premiership clash at Athlone Stadium.
The Citizens went into the encounter full of confidence having beaten the Clever Boys on four separate occasions in 2017/18 in the league and cup competitions.
However, their dominance over Gavin Hunt's men came to an end after a brace from Lehlohonolo Majoro saw the home side go down 2-1, despite Craig Martin bringing the scores to 1-1 during the contest.
Nonetheless, McCarthy was not pleased with the manner of City's defending and pointed the finger at Fielies for uncharacteristic errors at the back. Speaking to reporters, he said: "Our lapses in concentration at crucial times cost us.
"It wasn't like they (Wits) played to deserve the goals they scored‚ it was bad defending. Two mistakes from Fielies‚ who is usually ever so reliable.
"It was a bad day in the office for him and he disappointed his team-mates. We were in control of the game‚ we had the better of our opponents.
"It was three points lost for us to be honest. All we can do is just go and rectify our mistakes because we are playing really good football."
The Citizens have now lost three league matches in a row and will no doubt hope to rectify matters when they face Baroka on Tuesday, before a clash with Chippa United on Friday.
Kick-off is at 19:30.