Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy believes Kaizer Chiefs did not deserve their equaliser on Saturday, comparing Amakhosi’s tactics in the closing stages to Premier League side Burnley.
McCarthy’s side suffered a penalty shootout loss at the hands of Ernst Middendorp’s team in their Telkom Knockout last-16 clash after the Glamour Boys scored a late equaliser through Samir Nurkovic.
The Serbian striker’s goal came from a long ball as Chiefs chased the game in the closing stages.
City had numerous chances throughout the encounter and McCarthy believes his side ultimately gave away a sloppy goal, which cost them dearly.
‘When you do so well up until then, then you switch off. And we said, “Kaizer Chiefs is no different than anyone else, don’t get fazed by the name”,’ McCarthy told KickOff.
‘In desperate times you need solutions, and they’re probably the kings of playing route-one football because that’s exactly what happened.
‘We had to bloody … Our players had another feeling of what it’s going to be like if any of them ever make it to the English Premier League – that’s the kind of football you’re going to get when you play at Burnley.
‘You don’t associate Burnley with Kaizer Chiefs, but [on Saturday] we felt what it was like playing against Burnley because everything [was punted towards] Nurkovic, Castro.
‘I even saw Manyama fighting for headers – I’ve never seen Lebo head a ball, because of desperate measures, and then we lapse in focus and give them a soft goal.
‘Then the full stadium came to life because Kaizer Chiefs were gifted a goal that they didn’t deserve or didn’t work for.’
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