Waterhouse coach Gayle not worried about club's early season stumble

Observer writer

Sunday, November 11, 2018

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Waterhouse FC , last season's losing finalists in the Red Stripe Premier League, have not had the greatest of starts to the 2018-19 season.

Without a win in their last five games, the Drewsland-based team has been stuck in the lower half of the table for the last few weeks.

A miserly return of four points from a possible 15 in their last five outings brings back memories of last season, where they were languishing in the table before a massive rescue operation by Donovan Duckie saw them work their way into the play-off positionbefore making it all the way to the final, which they lost to Portmore United.

Mired in eighth position and seven points off the top, the team will need to start picking up more wins, especially at home, to avoid being cut adrift by the teams at the top.

From the outside looking in, Waterhouse are not in an ideal place in the league. However, Head Coach Marcel Gayle, who knows the club inside out, is not worried about its present status. After watching his team come from behind twice against the champions on Thursday night, he believes they are heading in the right direction.

Gayle bemoaned not taking all three points at Drewsland, but hailed the character of his players for not ending the night without a point.

“It's tough, but that is the game sometimes. When you are at home you would like to take all three points, but coming from two goals down, 1-0 and 2-1, and come back in the final moments — that's showing character so we just have to build from here.

“It's still early days [and] I am not really concerned [about the position in the table]. My thing is getting the team to play and now we have started to play, so now we need to start finishing off games,” said Gayle.

There is a specific area which the coach has identified that needs immediate fixing, and with not many days in-between one game and the next, it leaves little time to get it done on the training pitch.

“We need to look at the conceding of goals. We conceded two goals today (Thursday), and the manner in which we conceded, I thing we could have prevented it. I think we shut off, we lapsed in concentration in those two moments, and it cost us two points today,” Gayle noted.

One of the bright sparks on the night for the home team was the play of central midfielder Tremaine Stewart. The veteran player was especially threatening at set pieces, which helped to earn his team a point. He could have stolen all three points at the end but his free kick went inches over the crossbar, which was then followed by the referee's final whistle.

The performance of the former Reggae Boy is not lost on Gayle, who believes that Stewart could be the one to help them go one better this term.

“I told them in the team talk, if Tremaine comes out tonight and play there is no doubt that we could get the three points; but it probably wasn't our night tonight to get three points, but we are grateful. Tremaine is a fantastic player and we are glad to have him in our squad, and his brilliance can help get us over the line,” Gayle reasoned.

In their next assignment, Waterhouse welcome Tivoli Gardens for what is expected to be another tough encounter tomorrow night at 8:30 pm.

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