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Rangers coach remains positive

ST ANN’S Rangers coach Dean Pacheco is not as bad off as expected, as he landed his second Digicel Pro League Championship win on Saturday at the Ato Boldon Stadium by edging cellar positioned TTEC FC 1-0.

Utility player Devon Modeste netting his seventh League item by headed in from a Cecil Jeffrey freekick in the 61st minute.

The win pushed Rangers up a spot into sixth on the standings with eight points from as many matches.

For many, a win for Rangers was near impossible following an 8-0 trashing against leaders Defence Force in their previous League outing after losing valuable striker Hector Sam, defender Elijah Belgrave and midfielder Christon Thomas.

“It was hard after starting with certain players, then losing them midway through the season,” said Pacheco, in a recent Pro League story.

“It’s not that we weren’t playing good. It’s just that the players are looking out for their livelihoods and I understand that. They aren’t young players anymore.”

Sam followed Rangers team manager Adrian Romain and physiotherapist Oswin Birchwood to Central FC, while Belgrave and Thomas joined Police FC during the transfer window which closes today.

Rangers’ co-owner Richard Fakoory snapped up on six Joe Public players last week giving hope to Pacheco and assistant coach Jason Spence — Kerron Reid, Devon King, Dominic Hutchinson, Alfie James as well as brothers Muhammad and Musa Nakid.

Sheldon Scipio has also made the switch from Joe Public to Rangers to occupy the vacant physiotherapist position. “I’m coping well following the exit of a few of my top players,” added Pacheco.

“Our performance on Saturday was good and I believe we should have scored more goals after playing all over them (TTEC).”

Pacheco, a former Rangers and Trinidad and Tobago footballer, is now hunting a good result against defending champions DIRECTV W Connection this weekend.

“It’s possible that we can get a victory (against Connection),” said the Rangers coach. “And if we don’t get the win, we wouldn’t like to leave (the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella) without a point.

“When we met them in Round One the plan was to kill their passing game and we did well, but two mistakes at the back gave away the game.”

Rangers were defeated 2-1 by Connection in Round One Match Day Three and will tackle the third-placed “Savonnetta Boys” from 6pm on Friday.

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