Benni McCarthy has commended Black Leopards on their performance against Cape Town City at Cape Town Stadium on Sunday afternoon, writes DYLAN APPOLIS.
The Citizens have now secured two wins out of two in the Absa Premiership following their 3-1 victory over Leopards.
Goals from Ayanda Patosi, Allan Kateregga and Siphelele Mthembu cancelled out Mwape Musonda’s 22nd-minute equaliser to snatch all three points on home soil.
The win sees City move up into the top eight in the league standings with 13 points from 10 games, while the newly promoted side are placed 14th with nine points.
‘For the first 15 minutes we piled the pressure, pressed them high and did not allow them to play because they are a very unpredictable team,’ McCarthy said.
‘I watched them [Black Leopards] against [Kaizer] Chiefs, they played. If you allow them to play. I did not want us to let them settle in the game and I think we did that superbly.
‘We let them refer to the long balls and we were picking it up off. We started building and playing our game.’
The birthday boy credited the newly promoted outfit for their performance away from home, but was delighted to see his side continue their momentum from their last league game.
‘We deserved to be winners, but I have to give credit to [Black] Leopards for coming here and not sitting back. They held their own, they gave us a scare and pushed us all the way,’ he added.
‘In the moment that we were on it was always going to be difficult for them to get a point or all three points off us. We know this is the run of games that we are facing and it was a big opportunity for us to make the jump.
‘I think the quality of players that we have, we should be winning these games comfortably.’
Following the international break, Cape Town City will travel to the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium when they take on Polokwane City in the Absa Premiership on 27 November.
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