Portmore United's head coach, Linval Dixon, admitted that the pressure is on after his team suffered their third consecutive loss in the 2013/2014 Red Stripe Premier League, going down 1-0 to August Town yesterday at the UWI Bowl, Mona.
Michael Spence's 58th-minute goal was enough to give the promoted August Town all three points, as they progressed to five points having played to draws in their previous two games.
Portmore who have five national titles with the last coming in 2012, are the club without a point in the 12-team league.
"When you don't score any points after three games you must be concerned and we are concerned and we will continue working," Dixon expressed. "The season is long, but you don't want to play catch-up. It puts a lot of pressure on us."
August Town are one of only three unbeaten teams in the league with the other two being their fellow promoted outfit, Rivoli United and Tivoli Gardens. The good start has left August Town's manager, Marlon Small, harbouring thoughts of winning the title.
"Our plan is to win the Premier League this season; we have the team, the coaching staff, and the management staff; everything in place. All we need are some financiers," Small reasoned.
August Town owe a lot to the brilliance of their goalkeeper, Kevin Graham, for the position they are in, as for the third game running he was their best player.
Graham pulled off his first brilliant save in the 30th minute when he reacted sharply to parry a fierce 22 yards strike by Portmore's Romeo Parkes. He was back at it again in the second half as he made himself big in the 51st minute to thwart Portmore's Rosario Harriott from point blank range.
"It is just frustrating that we are not scoring the chances that we create," Dixon said.
August Town looked most dangerous from Gerald Neil's set pieces but was able to capitalise on their solitary clear chance during the run of play. Spence was neatly played through by Davion Alves and outran Portmore's defence before toe-poking past the advancing Carlloyd Walters in goal.