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Gordon: Foster under no pressure

Published:Monday | January 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp/Gleaner Writer
Humble Lion's Craig Foster (left) protects the ball from Ricardo Dennis of Boys Town during their Red Stripe Premier League match at the Barbican Complex on Sunday.

Merron Gordon, head coach of Reno FC, said that new big-name acquisition Craig Foster is under no pressure to deliver goals in the Red Stripe Premier League.

Foster, who made a shock move from Reno earlier this month as the transfer window opened, is yet to score in his two games since. His debut game for the Clarendon-based outfit against Waterhouse ended in a 0-0 draw last Thursday at the Effortville Community Centre. Then, on Sunday, Humble Lion again shared points in a 1-1 draw with last placed Boys' Town.

Humble Lion are in 10th place on 21 points, just above Sandals South Coast (16) and Boys' Town (12) in the 12-team league.

"When Foster was at Reno, he used to go for the ball deep and try to score goals. Now, at Humble Lion, we try to play a team game and get the ball quickly to him," Gordon said.

"In his first game against Waterhouse, Craig hit the post, and in the next game on Sunday, he came close to scoring. It is likely in the bag, and sooner or later, he will be scoring goals again," he added.

"He is not under any pressure from me to score, but he is putting himself under pressure to deliver. I spoke with him this morning, and he is saying he wants to score and help the team to win games. I told him that the goals will come," Gordon shared.


Should have won


Looking back at the game last Sunday, Gordon said his team should have killed the game from the first half. Another Humble Lion new recruit, Stephen 'One Left' Williams handed the away team the lead in the 22nd minute. That strike was cancelled by Bebeto McDonald in added time.

"We had Boys' Town under pressure for the entire first half, but we lacked the energy and commitment and let them back into the game. We have a few new players, so hopefully, the club will have some patience because I know that we will get it right and start winning and continue on a merry way all the way to the end," he said.

"The table is so tight that back-to-back wins could land us into the top six and that is what we are searching for at the moment. We hope to change the mind set of the players," Gordon concluded.


Foster's RSPL goal scoring record:


2010-2011 - 15 goals (League MVP)

2011-2014 - (various loan spells)

2014-2015 - 20 goals

2016-2017 - 6 goals (Returned to island in January 2017)

2017-2018 - 10 goals (to date)