Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy is demanding a full 90-minute effort from his team.
The 40-year-old former Bafana Bafana striker has regularly bemoaned City’s inability to produce two consistent halves in a football match.
The Cape club is back in action this afternoon against SuperSport United at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit (kick-off 3.30pm) – and McCarthy has stressed to his players that, in order to get back on track after a recent slump, they have to be more consistent.
“At the moment, we are a team of two halves,” lamented McCarthy. “Either we play well in the first half and do badly in the second, or we are struggle in the first half and then perform much better in the second.
“We have to play for the entire game because this is a league in which nobody gives you anything. You have to work hard for it, all the time.
“Scores don’t lie,” McCarthy added when reflecting on Tuesday’s 4-2 defeat to Maritzburg United.
“We deserved to win the first half and then we proceeded to concede four goals in the second. I’m still trying to wrap my head around that.”
Despite the recent setbacks, it has been such a peculiar PSL season, however, that City are still right in there, mixing it at the top of the table.
As it stands, the Capetonians are on 17 points, just two points behind the pacesetters.
Today: SuperSport United v Cape Town City (Mbombela Stadium, 3.30pm); Polokwane City v Bidvest Wits; Platinum Stars v Kaizer Chiefs; Ajax Cape Town v Chippa United (Bidvest Stadium, 8.15pm); Orlando Pirates v AmaZulu
Sunday: Bloemfontein Celtic v Free State Stars; Golden Arrows v Mamelodi Sundowns.