Cape Town City Thabo Nodada challenged by Matome Mabeba of Baroka FC. Photo: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency (ANA)

Cape Town City boss Benni McCarthy was left with a lot of pent-up frustration after a dubious penalty cost his team a PSL win.

After opening the scoring, the hosts were pegged back by Baroka, who were then awarded a soft spot-kick and City needed a late Roland Putsche strike to grab a share of the points at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday night in a 2-2 draw.

And it left Benni questioning the decision-making after debutant Thato Mokeke was penalised in the 56th-minute for what looked like a ball-to-hand call.

The former Bafana Bafana ace says: “The penalty decision... I don’t know how many games we’ve had where it was probably worse opportunities like that to get a penalty and we’ve never had a penalty.

“It hit the player’s hand. I don’t understand, some teams get them and other don’t. So they go 2-1 up.”

Benni, however, was not happy with his team’s performance after only having Ayanda Patosi’s opener on the scoresheet at the end of the first half.

Putsche had a header cleared off the goal line and after the break, the Austrian midfielder hit the woodwork with a thunderous shot.

And Benni was critical of his players’ initial reaction to conceding.

He adds: “[It was a] decent performance. We started the game off well.

“We could have been 2-0 to the good at halftime. And then second half, ja, we start slow and conceded in five minutes of the restart

“Then the players dropped their heads and we went 2-0 down and now we're chasing.

“And Baroka is not the kind of team you want to chase the game with. They move the ball well and try to hit you on the counter.

“But we showed resilience. We deserve at least a point. But I think it was two points lost to us.”

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