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Thomas expects Portmore response

Published:Thursday | March 1, 2018 | 12:15 PMLivingston Scott
Portmore United's coach Shavar Thomas said despite his team's lacklustre performance in their 3-0 defeat to mid-table UWI at the UWI Bowl on Sunday, it is not a true reflection of his team or his players' character or quality.
Goals from Andre Bernal, Anthony Greenland and Akeem Thensted, saw off the league leaders, who were playing catch up the entire game. But despite not getting the showing he was looking for from his team, the former national defender says he expects his players to rebound against an improving Waterhouse in one of two rescheduled Red Stripe Premier League games, when they face off this afternoon at Prison Oval.
In the other game, third placed Tivoli Gardens play second placed Arnett Gardens at the Edward Seaga Complex. Both matches start 3:30 p.m.
"I was disappointed with the performance. UWI were first to every ball and they wanted it more and hence they got the result. But that is just one game and we are going to move on to the next game and get back to our regular routine. So it (loss) doesn't say that we are not good enough or we don't have any character, it was just a one off performance," he said.
Portmore have lost just five matches in 28 games this season, but three of those defeats came in their last seven games. However, despite the fluctuation in form in the closing stages of the competition, Thomas says it is nothing to be concerned about.
The league leaders also have the toughest of run-ins. After going down to UWI, who are one of four teams battling for fifth and sixth places, they are down to face Waterhouse today, before going up against Reno.
Their next game will then be against Montego Bay United, who are one point ahead of  Harbour View, UWI and Reno, before they tackle second-place Arnett in the top-of-the-table clash. Their final game of the preliminary stage will be against Harbour View, and Thomas says he expects all the matches to be as intense as the one against UWI on Sunday.