Benni McCarthy says his AmaZulu side missed an opportunity in their 1-0 loss to Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday afternoon, but says he was pleased with a lot of what his team did.
McCarthy feels Chiefs were there for the taking, but his team didn’t have their scoring boots on, and gifted Samir Nurkovic a goal from a defensive mistake.
The former Cape Town City coach though remains optimistic and says there are a lot of positives he can take from their overall performance.
McCarthy now has a win, draw and loss in his three games in charge of Usuthu.
“Yes, I am very disappointed because I think that was a tremendous opportunity for us to walk away with three points today,” McCarthy said after the loss.
“Kaizer Chiefs aren’t in a good way, but they are a giant, so when you play giants, whether they’re in top form , or not so top form, if you play the way we did, and you create the chances that we did, we have to be clinical. We have to put the ball in the net, because teams like this, they need one chance, and they punish you.”
“And that’s exactly what happened, and the chance was from a mistake from us.”
“But I’m very happy with the performance from the players, I’m happy with the way we pushed them all the way, searching for that equaliser. We could have had it, but not the right scoring boots on today as well.”
“But we gonna continue to work, there are so many positives – the confidence, the way we moved the ball, the chances that we create – how we play to create the chances is very positive.”
“But now we just need to work on putting them away, putting it where it counts and then things won’t be so complicated for us, but ja, disappointed that we walk away from today, being confident, being sure we can do something special, and not come away with nothing. But good luck, well done to Kaizer Chiefs.”