Duckie unfazed by defeat to Humble Lion

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Waterhouse FC fell to their first loss in the Red Stripe Premier League in four games to a “hungry” Humble Lion team on Sunday at Drewsland.

Their good run of form since the arrival of Donovan Duckie, who is in his second stint as head coach, has seen the club move from being relegation fodder to being genuine title contenders this term, after two consecutive seasons of despair.

However, with the play-offs now on the horizon and the possibility of finishing second and gaining a bye through to the second phase of the play-offs now in sight, Duckie is ready to hit the reset button.

“It was a good loss,” said a philosophical Duckie.

“We did not deal with the mental aspects of the game well enough. In 16 games I think we have only lost once. In all competitions maybe we are nine unbeaten, so we are doing really well and today just wasn't meant to be. I thought Humble Lion was the hungrier team; they deserved to win this game,” he conceded.

Remaining upbeat with just one game left in the regular season and qualification for the play-offs not yet assured, the experienced coach is aiming to get his players back into the correct frame of mind to get them there.

“We created some chances, we could have come back into the game — anything could have happened. In the last minute of the game we had a great opportunity to tie the game, it didn't happen.

“There are a lot of positives that we can take from this defeat. There is only one game left in the regular season, we have to get something from that game and we are up to the task. We just have to regroup and refocus, discuss what we did wrong today and prepare ourselves for the next one,” Duckie said.

Meanwhile Humble Lion Head Coach Merron Gordon was happy that his players were able to extend their season, if only for one more game.

“It's always hard to come to Drewsland and play. We got two goals in the first half... we played very, very well in the first half. In the second half, as you know, the home team will come at you. They got a penalty, they came back in the game, they came at us, but we showed character... we stood tall and we got three points,” said a grateful Gordon.

— Dwayne Richards

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