Fri, 22 Nov 2019

Cape Town - Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has compared Kaizer Chiefs to Premier League side Burnley after his side's Telkom Knockout defeat.

City were knocked out in the first round on Saturday at an atmospheric Cape Town Stadium, losing to Amakhosi on penalties after regular time and extra time ended 1-1.

The Citizens were leading the tie until the 84th minute through Kermit Erasmus' early strike but were pegged back by a Samir Nurkovic goal six minutes from time that came as a result of some route-one football from the Glamour Boys.

McCarthy's side were on the front foot throughout much of the encounter and the 41-year-old tactician bemoaned the fact his side conceded in the manner they did.

"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 phased 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 a Burnley.

"You don't associate Burnley with Kaizer Chiefs, but (on Saturday) we felt what it was like playing against a 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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