Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer
National striker Jermaine Anderson ended a three-game scoreless run on Monday night, gifting Waterhouse a hard-fought 1-0 win over struggling Arnett Gardens in the Red Stripe Premier League.
Anderson's 83rd-minute strike propelled Waterhouse into third spot. Arnett Gardens remained 11th with nine points, three above Portmore United.
Waterhouse now have 16 points, four behind Montego Bay United and Harbour View, who jointly lead the standings.
Though Anderson got the accolades for his clinical finish, he owed his goal to the industry, skill and mental toughness of Marvin Morgan, who kept going despite some bruising challenges, and provided the cross for him to guide home. The bulky forward was truly grateful for the assist.
"I have to thank Marvin Morgan for the pass and I kept saying to my teammates to knock it in, even though I was missing some. I missed about two easy chances and scored the hard one, but that is how it is.
"You have to keep going and can't hang your head," the St James native said after the game.
Scoring, Anderson said, was about being patient and keeping his composure.
"I know where the goal is so, as long as I kept doing the right thing, the goal would come. The goal doesn't move.
"It has been three games since I scored, and my job is to score, so I said to myself that I had to be patient and it would come. I was going through a rough patch, in terms of scoring, and I just had to stick it out," last season's top scorer said.
The magnitude of the game, according to Anderson, helped to contribute to his performance as, according him, he thrives in the big games.
LIKE A DERBY
"This game was like a derby, a really tough, intense match and these are the matches that I live for. I always show up in these matches.
"I have to score the goals to keep Waterhouse in the top three. I could not afford to get frustrated. I had to keep my head and produce because, if it is to be done for Waterhouse, I have to lead because they depend on me. They call me 'Mr Monday Night'," stated Anderson, before conceding that it is getting harder to deliver as he is becoming more of a marked man.
Anderson also used the opportunity to address his fans, following his inappropriate behaviour of incessantly questioning the referees in the Flow Cup knockout final.
"I want to apologise to all my fans for what happened in the Flow Cup final against Tivoli Gardens. I went all out and went overboard with that. I have been at Waterhouse for four or five years and had not won anything with them, and I wanted to make sure we did.
"I really wanted a cup. I know I was wrong and will never behave like that again. I apologised to the referees and my club already and now I have to apologise to my fans," he said.
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