'My desire to win is strong' - Two-goal hero Anderson counters indiscipline tag after being subbed against Cavalier
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
JERMAINE 'Tuffy' Anderson hit a brace in Waterhouse Football Club's 2-0 win against Cavalier in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football competition, pushing his scoring tally to a season-leading 12 goals.
Anderson netted a volley kick in the 25th minute and sealed the victory with a header past Cavalier's outstanding goalkeeper, Gariece McPherson, in the 25th minute at Waterhouse Stadium in Drewsland on Thursday.
The win pushed Waterhouse to 40 points and into fifth position, 15 adrift leaders Harbour View FC.
Although Anderson scored both goals to pilot his team to a well-deserved victory, he was substituted late in the game because of disciplinary reasons.
"We are working but they need to have a little more discipline on the field," Waterhouse coach, Anthony Patrick, told The Gleaner at game's end.
NEED TO BE CALM
"They are getting across each other. They need to be calm with each other. That is what we need to break out of them. This has been going on from season, so we want to break it out of them," disclosed Patrick, who took over from the sacked Donovan Duckie in February.
With regard to pulling out Anderson, Patrick said: "He (Anderson) was getting kind of indisciplined on the field by giving away the ball, not doing his work and arguing with teammates) out there."
Anderson, in response, said: "It is not that I am indisciplined in any game. It's that more time as a captain you have to can talk to other players. As the whole world saw we dash away a game against Portmore, so I didn't come here tonight (Thursday) to dash it away again. I suppose to can talk, but if when I talk and they don't like it a suh. Mi feel that I am out on the field doing my work, so I can talk."
He added: "My desire to win is strong. I am not saying any disrespectful things, just saying to them that we need to do the right things tonight. I am not the fault right now," Anderson strongly claimed.
AIM TO KEEP TEAM ON TOP
With regard to his scoring, Anderson said: "My aim is to score and try to get my team in the top two. I didn't like the position the team is in, so I want to get them up there. We still have a chance to go at the leaders. We have to maintain our cool and try to win each game. We have another home game coming up (next Monday against Savannah)."
Despite being the leading goalscorer in the nation, Anderson expressed disappointment with the league.
"I feel good to know that I am leading, but it is nothing hard. I just tell myself that I can go out there each day and score goals. My aim is to see if I can score at least 22 goals this season as we have 13 games remaining," Anderson pointed out.
"I am in good condition right now and ready for anything. There are a lot of youths out there and you have a 33-year-old and a 36-year-old as the top two strikers; that shows that the competition is low because they are talking about youths, but we not seeing any youth a step up to the plate.
"The goalscoring in the league is low as you can have 'Tuffy' and Kirk Ramsay (Arnett Garden's captain) a score goals. My aim is to score goals and try to get (another) shot at the national senior team. I still think I can score goals for the national team. They gave me a chance (in the Digicel Caribbean Championships) and I didn't get a chance to score goals," he stated.