Thomas defends changed Portmore backline
High-flying Portmore United lost their first game of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season after going down 1-0 to UWI in the feature midweek game at the Spanish Town Prison Oval on Wednesday. However, head coach Shavar Thomas has pointed out that the team was weakened with the absence of goalkeeper Shaven Sean Paul through injury and defender Venton Evans, who was suspended.
Thomas believes the chemistry established by Paul, Evans, Damano Solomon and Andre Dyce since the start of the season was disturbed for that game with the absence of the pair. But he insists the replacements are more than 'competent' and are not to be blame for the loss. He instead blamed a lack of concentration and determination in the latter stages of the game.
"Yes and no (not having the pair disrupted chemistry) because you have players training every day good enough to replace somebody if somebody goes down injured, or if we feel to shuffle things. We have three competent goalkeepers. So if someone goes down, then one has to go in, but do I think he (Kemar Foster) cost us the game. No," he stated.
In five matches prior to Wednesday's game, Portmore conceded just one goal, and that was from the penalty spot against Tivoli Gardens. Thomas admitted the defeat has been demoralising and they are eager to rebound against Reno tomorrow.
"We would love to be like the Invincibles of Arsenal and not lose a game. But in sports those things only come once in a blue moon. But we have only lost one game, and we have more games to play. So we are looking to get back on track. Reno has lost two on the trot and they will want to stop their losing streak. So this is a game we will look to use to build our character and fight, and grind out a result," he noted in reference to the late goal his team conceded on Wednesday.