Cape Town City assistant coach Vasili Manousakis praises the Citizens character


A brace from Ayanda Patosi helped the Citizens rally back from two goals down to register a 2-2 draw at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Manousakis was standing in for Benni McCarthy, who did not travel with team due to personal reasons.

“We set up from the beginning because we knew they were going to press us high and we said we are going to go into a lower-block but we found ourselves 2-0 down, and I say respectfully from two very, very soft goals,” Masousakis told SuperSport TV.

“We carried on keeping our shape and tried to get to half time, by that time it was damage control.

“At halftime, we said that the only way that we have a chance here is to be brave. We had to change tactically, and we had to press a little bit higher, and that is what we did.

“We pushed our wingers higher, we played with two in the middle and we said to Patosi that you are going to get one or two chances and he has done fantastically well today.

“We said we were going to be brave. Yes we were a little bit cautious because we could have gone gung-ho and it could have opened up and we could have left ourselves vulnerable to counter, but it didn’t happen.

“We are really proud of the boys and besides from being brave they really showed a lot of character. To get a point is not the best but it is good enough considering we were two goals down against a very, very good team who is in form.

“It was a tale of two halves and at the end of the day probably a fair result.”