An ugly win - Gardner
Harbour View coach Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardner said his side was far from impressive in a 1-0 win over Cavalier in their Premier League match at Stadium East on Sunday. Nevertheless, he did admire the players' character and will to fight for a result.
Gardner believes the players need a better understanding of the system of play and their individual roles within the team.The 39-year-old, a former Harbour View left-back, is in his first season as a senior football coach..
The win was the former Reggae Boyz captain's first of the new season, putting Harbour View in a three-way tie on four points with UWI and Reno behind front-runners Portmore and Arnett Gardens.
"We didn't show our class today against a young Cavalier team. No disrespect to Cavalier, they came out and played some good football. They moved the ball well but at the end of the day, it was good to get three points," he said.
Harbour View had drawn their opening game, 1-1, with Montego Bay after jumping into a 19th-minute lead, courtesy of Ryan Wellington. Though they haven't won over fans with any flowing, scintillating football, Gardner is optimistic that, going forward, based on the will and character the team has shown, they will get there.
He believes the improvements he is looking for will come with time.
"Sometimes it's good to get ugly wins like we did today. We just have to go back on the training ground and continue to work, but we need to improve the players' understanding of the formation and the function each player has in the team," he said.
Harbour View played second-fiddle to hosts Cavalier. Youthful Cavalier, led by Chevonne 'Messi' Marsh, and Alex Marshall created numerous scoring opportunities but could not take advantage. They paid for wasted opportunities when veteran striker Sean Fraser fired home from the penalty spot after 73 minutes to give the visitors three points.