Time to step up TG!
Newly appointed head coach of Tivoli Gardens, Philip Williams, says his players will have to step up their game if they are going to secure a spot in the play-offs of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) competition this season.
Tivoli, who are currently in seventh in the standings on 35 points, were thrashed 3-0 by rivals Arnett Gardens in Williams' first game in charge on Sunday at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex. Only the top six teams will advance to the play-offs round of the competition.
Williams, who took charge of the team following the resignation of Omar Edwards last month, toldSTAR Sports that Sunday's defeat has severely affected his team's chances of moving into the play-offs.
"It is disappointing because we are at the point of the season where we definitely need all the points that we can get and playing at home and losing is definitely a disappointment for us," said Williams.
"Our job was hard before and so it just got a lot harder, but it is still attainable looking at the table and it is pretty close," he said.
"It is about six points that separate seventh place to about fourth place and so we just need to find some wins against one of these that we are playing and we should be able to secure one of these places in the top six," Williams.
Mount Pleasant are currently fourth in the standings on 41 points, followed by Arnett Gardens in fifth on 40, and UWI sixth on 38.
Williams added that his players must believe in themselves that they can still make it into the play-offs, but that they will have to improve their performances in order to achieve this.
"I just need to get the guys a little more focussed and realising that they are still in with a chance of making it into the top six," he said. "We have a squad that is suffering where injuries are concerned with some key players like Jermaine Johnson and Tevin Shaw just to name a few and this is also definitely affecting us," Williams said.
"However, the players just have step their game up and do what they have to do to pull us through to secure one of those (top six) spots," he said.