Defensive solidity the key to Harbour View resurgence, says Coach Taylor

Saturday, January 12, 2019

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With just a quick glance at the Red Stripe Premier League table one could not tell that Harbour View FC is one of the form teams of the league.

Currently sitting in 10th spot on 23 points and heading in the right direction, the “Stars of the East” had been languishing in the relegation zone for most of the season, which led to a coaching change weeks before the end of 2018.

Ricardo “Bibi” Gardner resigned in December and his assistant Fabian Taylor was handed the reins to guide the club going forward.

Harbour Vew were thumped 5-1 by Waterhouse FC in Taylor's first official game in charge, but since then they have won three and drawn one, the results straddling the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019. Their current form is matched only by third placed Cavalier FC at the time of writing.

The club's last win was away to the UWI FC on Wednesday, a 1-0 win with the goal coming courtesy of Shemar Nairne in the 38th minute.

Taylor praised the defensive solidity the team has shown in recent weeks to which he attributes the turnaround in recent fortunes.

“I think we played well, we played to instructions, we got a goal and that was enough for us to win.

“I thought we defended well and we have been defending well for the last four games and it paid dividends today. It shows that when we score we normally win games.”

The mental fortitude and the attitude of the players has improved, Taylor revealed, a situation he is hoping will only get better.

“We have been working hard all season the players are just understanding now the importance to get out of the relegation zone and they decided that they are going to keep this going and climb up the table.

“I think the work rate and the attitude is changing and we just need to continue on that,” he noted.

The former Reggae Boy insisted that based on the history of his club it should not be in the precarious position they are still in and as such will remain grounded as they seek to climb even further away from trouble.

“We are where we are because of what we did earlier in the season and we should aim to push forward because this football club is not a club that is usually at the bottom half of the table, so we have to just keeping working and looking forward.

“The mood in an upbeat mood, we are not used to being where we are, so right now we have to keep our feet on the ground and come again,” Taylor said.

Their next assignment will be at home tomorrow against 11th place Reno, in what is a massive six-pointer for both clubs.

— Dwayne Richards

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