Head Coach, Dan Malesela has urged his charges to focus on finding solutions following a 4-1 drubbing away to Cape Town City on Monday evening.

To add salt to the wound, striker Lerato Manzini was sent off for an early shower for dissent, but Malesela refused to criticize his players.

“We had a horrible time from the start. After conceding the first, then second  we had to start switching on and think differently, but things didn’t go our way today. It happens sometimes in football.

“We must give credit to City, their position on the log table is a fluke.  They showed their quality again this evening.

“This is not the time to start hammering the players, it is the first time we have played like this in this season and conceded four.

“We must find solutions.  It is our duty to help the players, and  put an arm around them,” said Malesela.

The Port Elizabeth side suffered a blow ahead of the trip to the Mother City with an injury to influential defender, Diamond Thopola, but “Dance” refused to use his absence as an excuse.

“We are not going to point fingers at anyone, but it is just coincidental that he came back injured and for the third time now.

“We will wait for the Medical report, but the game on Saturday comes too soon for him” he said.

The loss has left the ChilliBoys in 10th position with 23 points after 22 games games.

Chippa United will be hoping to bounce back on Saturday when they square up against Polokwane City in the second round of Nedbank Cup.