'We need to take our chances' - Harbour View look to transfer market to rescue woeful season
With his team scoring a measly 13 goals in their 15 Red Stripe Premier League matches to date, Harbour View coach Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardner is hoping to boost his goal-scoring ranks when the transfer window opens in January.
This is after witnessing another wasteful performance from his strikers in their 1-1 draw with Portmore United in yesterday's assignment at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.
Chevany Willis scored a free kick in the 20th minute to put the defending champions ahead in front of their own fans before Shemar Nairne restored parity eight minutes later for the cellar-dwelling 'Stars of the East'.
Gardner, while pointing out that he has a lot of confidence in his group of players, is fully aware that a lot of work is needed to improve the team's ability to capitalise on the opportunities that are being created.
However, he understands that time is not on his side and admitted that he is eyeing the upcoming transfer market for a productive goal-getter.
"We would love to get some experienced strikers, but right now, we have to continue to work in front of the goal and push the players that we have confidence in. They just have to work a little bit harder," Gardner told The Gleaner after yesterday's match. "We are looking at some players, but we will see what happens when the window opens up."
He continued: "We created enough chances to be able to leave the game with all three points, but unfortunately, when you don't put away your chances, this is the end product that you get. We got a point from the game, and there are also a lot of positives to get from the game as well. We put the ball down, and we move it around quicker in the second half than we did in the first."
Harbour View remained in 11th position in the 12-team competition.
Meanwhile, Portmore United remained on top of the point standings, moving to 31 points, but saw the six-point lead that they started the day with cut to four after Waterhouse's 2-1 win over Dunbeholden at Drewsland.
Portmore head coach Shavar Thomas was also left disappointed by his team's finishing but is satisfied that they were at least able to pick up something from the game.
DISAPPOINTED WITH RESULTS
"The most important thing is we are adding points and trying to separate ourselves from the pack. Nevertheless, I was disappointed we weren't clinical in front of the goal. In the early stages, the game plan was going as expected. We were forcing them to make bad decisions, and we got couple of chances from it, but we just never executed them," said Thomas, who also explained his squad rotation.
"We have a lot of players, and that is why there is a squad of 25 to 30 players, so you have that option of rotating people," Thomas said.
Two other games ended in shared spoils as Montego Bay United were held to a 0-0 scoreline at home by Tivoli Gardens while Cavalier and Reno also played out a scoreless draw at Stadium East.
Mount Pleasant (25 points) moved up to third, at least temporarily, with fifth-placed Arnett Gardens (23 points) set to face Humble Lion in tonight's feature game with a comfortable 2-0 win over UWI FC.
Mount Pleasant 2-0 UWI
Montego Bay 0- 0 Tivoli Gardens
Cavalier 0-0 Reno
Portmore 1-1 Harbour View
Waterhouse 2-1 Dunbeholden
Arnett Gardens vs Humble Lion @ 8:35 p.m.