Champs Mt Pleasant not bothered by spell of poor form
WITH just one win in their last five matches, sporting director of league leaders Mount Pleasant Academy Paul Christie expressed that he is not overly concerned about the current run of poor form in this season’s Jamaica Premier League (JPL).
Mount Pleasant, the reigning JPL champions, started this season with a blazing performance, winning their first six matches. However, they have encountered a rough patch recently with one win, three defeats, and a draw in their last five games.
In their most recent match on Monday at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex they were beaten 2-0 by hosts Arnett Gardens.
Despite this recent defeat Mount Pleasant — with a record of seven wins, one draw, and three defeats in their 11 games — lead the standings with 22 points. They hold a one-point advantage over Tivoli Gardens, Arnett Gardens, and Portmore United, all tied for second place with 21 points.
Christie expressed confidence in the coaching staff led by Head Coach Theodore “Tappa” Whitmore, stating that they are diligently working to return to top form soon.
“Of course I am concerned whenever we are losing games, however it’s not like the sky is falling. We would like to win all of our fixtures in the competition but you know how difficult it would be to have an unbeaten season,” he said.
“I believe that we are experiencing a drop in form because, despite still being atop the table, we are showing the respect that needs to be shown to our opponents. In all our fixtures we are learning lessons — whether we win or lose,” added Christie.
Regarding the upcoming transfer window opening on Monday, Christie said the team is not focusing on that at the moment. They are, he shared, working with the current squad to build strong chemistry.
“As it is now, we are not looking at the transfer window because we are trying to develop chemistry with the existing bunch that we have,” said Christie.
“I think that we are in a good place at the moment, and we will improve our existing squad because we already have the pieces. We should be at the top of the league at the end of the season and defend our title,” he concluded.
Mount Pleasant will host Humble Lions at Drax Hall in their next game on Sunday.