Reynolds not panicking over MBU's low RSPL position

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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Ten points from as many games and 1oth place in the Red Stripe Premier League is not what anyone associated with the Montego Bay United (MBU) football club would have expected at the start of the season.

Three losses and two draws from the last five games including back-to-back losses to Tivoli Gardens and Portmore United, means that the former champions now trail current champions Portmore United by all of eight points, even before the first round is complete.

As bad as things appear, however, coach Vassell Reynolds has managed to be positive, including their last outing against Portmore last Sunday.

“We were in the game right down to the end, but we just weren't good enough in terms of execution in the final third,” he cited.

Maintaining concentration levels is something he insists his team must improve on, as they conceded the only goal of the game, a wonder strike from Ricardo Morris, three minutes before the half-time break.

“I am kind of satisfied with areas of our performance, but again we have to keep our concentration through the game and stop conceding those goals, especially close to break,” Reynolds noted.

With the loss being by a single goal, the MBU coach thinks that his team could have snagged at least a point with a little bit more luck.

“I thought, defensively, apart from a couple of look-ins on goal, we were very resilient. I thought we worked hard in midfield and I thought we created one or two look-ins at the Portmore goal, which we didn't do all that well against the UWI team. With a little bit more composure in front of goal, we probably could have gotten a goal today.”

Having the experience that he does, Reynolds is holding off on hitting the panic button so soon in a season that has three rounds.

“Concerned but not worried... we are not panicking,” came his response to the position his team now occupies in the league.

“Our first objective was to finish in the top six at the end of the first round. We are not going to make that cut, but at least we want to remain as close as possible, so we just have to go back and try to get three points from our last game in the first round,” said Reynolds.

The club is targeting a bounce in their fortunes starting with the last game of the round against Waterhouse FC, a team that is not having the best of times either.

“We want to finish the first round on a high, and once we can get those three points against Waterhouse next Sunday it should put us in a better position. We just have to continue to work.this is just ten games, so we just have to continue to work hard and see if we can get ourselves out of the position that we are in,” he reasoned.

Injuries has been a part of early-season challenges for the Western-based team, a situation that Reynolds is trying his best to manage.

“Allan Ottey played with a slight injury, so did Jourdaine (Fletcher) who came on in the last 25 minutes, and (Dwayne) Ambusley is out,” he explained.

— Dwayne Richards

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