Full Speid ahead! - Cavalier hopeful of RSPL play-offs in spite of injuries
Cavalier SC head coach Rudolph Speid said staying as high above seventh place in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) is his team's main objective from now to the end of its preliminary round.
Speid said that the three points gained in their 2-1 win over Sandals South Coast FC on Wednesday evening was important, as points might to hard to accumulate in the run in. "It's good that we got the three points, that is always important so we are grateful," he told STAR Sports. "This is a crucial three points. Every now and again, some points are more important than some, so it was very important we got this one.
However, Speid said the packed recent schedule has restricted his ability to field his best possible team for every match. He said that this is because the games are coming thick and fast and injuries are taking its toll, forcing him to rotate his squad more than usual.
"During the week is very difficult, we didn't start with all our best players, some of them are still returning from injury: Alex Marshall (not injured, but was away on national duty), Nicholas Hamilton, Orlando Brown and Jamoi Topey. We have been having a rough passage of games since the start of the year and I think it is starting to take it's toll of all of the teams and we're no exception. So we have to see how we can rotate the players and prepare as best as we can and come again," Speid told STAR Sports.
RSPL teams have played midweek matches on January 3 and 31, and Speid argued that the team has little time to rest and it is resulting in injuries.
"We are basically playing, sometimes, three times a week since the start of the year and not getting a rest. It has been very hectic on this packed schedule and now we have three major injuries, and that restricts what we can do. We are still waiting on Clifton Woodbine as reinforcement, but Hamilton will come back for the next game," he reasoned.
Cavalier stayed third with 42 points, three behind Arnett Gardens, 11 off leaders Portmore United, and five ahead of Tivoli Gardens.