Absa Premiership

Manousakis: City aimed to beat Leopards

2019-11-12 13:42
Kermit Erasmus
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Cape Town - Cape Town City caretaker coach Vasili Manousakis admits it was disappointing to suffer a 2-1 defeat at Black Leopards on Sunday.

The Citizens sacked coach Benni McCarthy earlier this month after a string of poor results and Manousakis oversaw a response from the players as they beat Polokwane City 5-3 in their next game, but the Mother City outfit were back on the end of a defeat at Leopards.

"Obviously we are a little disappointed with the result in the end," said Manousakis.

"Our idea was clear, our intentions were clear to come here and to win the game.

"We didn't sit back by any means; you could see that with all the possession we had.

"We played the ball sometimes a bit too slowly in the first-half and we fixed it in the second-half, and the moment we equalised we gained a bit of momentum and had one or two fantastic chances.

"The difference for us was that Leopards played on the counter-attack very aggressively. They didn't retain the ball, they just sat back, waited and created some good chances in the second-half because of the transition, and that's where we lacked a bit.

"Our defensive transition to get back into position and try and defend was a little slower than usual, and that’s where we got caught out."

New City coach Jan Olde Riekerink, who is still awaiting a work permit, will have his hands full to shore up a defence which has now conceded 20 goals in 11 Absa Premiership games.

- TeamTalk Media


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