Waterhouse hope potent attack will overpower DC United
Robert Bailey, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Having thrashed Tauro FC of Panama 4-1 in their last encounter, Waterhouse's head coach, Anthony Patrick, said they will be banking on their attackers when they face DC United in their return game in Group Four of the CONCACAF Champions League.
The highly anticipated game, which will be played at the National Stadium on Tuesday, is set to kick off at 7 p.m. Waterhouse, the lone Jamaican club at this stage of the premier regional football league, leads the three-team group with six points from three matches.
They are followed by DC United, with three points from one game, while Tauro FC are still searching for their first points, having been beaten by Waterhouse in their two matches.
The Drewsland-based Waterhouse were beaten 1-0 by DC United when the teams met three weeks ago in Washington, but Patrick is aware that victory is the only safe choice if they are to advance to the next phase of the competition.
"It is very important and very critical for us to go forward and score goals and win this game," said Patrick. "But while going forward, we have to make sure that we keep a clean sheet and try and win the game and get the maximum three points.
"We have a very good attacking team with the likes of Jermaine Anderson, Kenardo Forbes and Romario Campbell and hopefully these players can get the job done for us."
Patrick added that they have been working really hard on the defensive aspect of their game since their defeat against DC United and he expects a much better performance from his backline on Tuesday.
"When you look back at the game that they beat us, it was a long ball that caught our defenders off guard. But we have improved since that and we are playing very well at the moment," Patrick said. "Hopefully, we can nullify them as much as possible and get an early goal or two in the first half and win the game from there.
"We have also gotten over that defeat and we have really been playing well at the back, so it is important that we continue to do what we have been doing defensively and once we do what we're supposed to do in defence then we will win the game," Patrick pointed out.
The coach also issued a call to the 12th man, urging the football following to come to the National Stadium on Tuesday and support the club in their quest for a spot in the next phase of the competition.
"Hopefully, the crowd can come out and support us as much as possible; not just the Waterhouse supporters, but the Jamaican football supporters as well because we are not just representing Waterhouse, but the entire country," Patrick outlined.