Cape Town - Cape Town City head coach Eric Tinkler admits that his charges put on a poor showing in their defeat against Maritzburg United.
Team of Choice captain Kurt Lentjies scored the only goal after 84 minutes when he squeezed an 18-yard free-kick past Shu-aib Walters.
In what was a dour display on a dry and hot afternoon in Pietermaritzburg, the visitors failed to create a chance in the first half, before improving in the second.
But they missed out on the chance to move back to the top of the table, instead remaining on 49 points from 26 matches, one behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, who have two games in hand, with Maritzburg staying seventh.
“It was far from pretty and there are no excuses and we were just not good enough. We didn't put in a performance that we should have,” Tinkler said as quoted by KickOff website.
“We've been very good the whole year and this is obviously our first loss this year but I can't really point the finger at one person. Collectively we were very, very poor.
“Tactically, we were poor, decision making, we were poor, and I don't think it was Maritzburg putting us under pressure. I don't think Maritzburg’s shape was good, no. We just didn't show up.
“For that, I must take responsibility because the (Cape Town City) players looked very flat, we didn't look motivated, we panicked every time we got on the ball.”