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Character improving Waterhouse form - Bailey

Published:Tuesday | March 7, 2017 | 3:00 AMLivingston Scott
Bailey

Waterhouse head coach, Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey, says his team's continued march up the table and further away from relegation trouble in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) is mainly down to the zest and determination he has instilled in the side.

Waterhouse played to a 0-0 draw with Humble Lion in a bruising RSPL contest at Drewsland on Sunday, and although it was an ugly point, Bailey says this new tough character is what is aiding their climb up the table.

"Playing against Humble Lion, you expect a very tactical game, (Donovan) Duckie is a very tactical coach and I think we were very disciplined tactically," Bailey said.

 

Physical game

 

"But (when) Humble Lion (meets) Waterhouse you expect that (physical game), and that was what it was, a very physical game.

"But that is what I believe I have brought to the team. Earlier in the season the team didn't have that physicality, they didn't have that aggression, that desire and that is why it (game) looks more physical, because I bring more zest, more determination, self-belief and confidence."

It was a game of few chances, with the best opportunities for both teams coming towards the end, just minutes apart. With less than ten minutes to go, Rodave Murray broke free at the top of the area, with time and space, but dragged his effort wide of the target.

Then on the counter, Humble Lion's Francois Swaby broke down the right and slipped a delightful ball across the six yard box for the onrushing Rohan Richards, who steered his effort wide, although he was under pressure.

The result keeps Waterhouse in eighth on 28 points, and although a place in the top four is far-fetched, Bailey is still keeping his eye on a spot in the play-offs.

"This put us on 28 (points) and we just keep on elevating, keep on moving up, and that is what is important to us, making sure at the end of the day we are in the Premier League next season. We still have hope of making to the top six, but we still have some work to do in the offensive third, and once we get the hang of that, we will be fine," he said.