Even though the Reggae Boyz emerged victorious in their last Concacaf Gold Cup showdown against Guadeloupe, their coach Theodore Whitmore was not at all happy with the match as he thinks they could have done much better.
According to “Tappa” who gave the team an overall 6 out of 10 for their performance, they did not live up to playing as they were expected to as they only pushed hard in the last 20 minutes of the game. A big part of the disappointment was the fact that the midfield players of the team did not play according to strategy and tactics and according to him it seems as if the “Boyz” were impacted heavily by the own goal in the 4th minute of the game, which gave Guadeloupe their early lead.
Whitmore further highlighted, however, that the backline featuring Liam Moore and Damion Lowe did well as they defended strongly. Goalkeeper and Captain of the squad Andre Blake was also commended for his great gameplay, saving one of Guadeloupe clinical opportunities to help keep Jamaica in the match.
Whitmore also felt that the final third, disappointed as well because of the many opportunities they missed, and the lack of chemistry that existed between them and the midfield.
Luckily for Jamaica, Cory Burke equalized in the 14th minute of the match, then in the 87th minute, Junior Flemmings scored the winning goal to push the team into the Concacaf Quarterfinals, where they will face off against either Canada or USA, from group B.
Their next match is on Tuesday, facing Costa Rica who is also on 6 points with Jamaica. The match will decide who will be the winners for Group C going into the quarter-finals
Check out highlights from the match below.
According to Fifa, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz currently ranks 45th worldwide.
See both men and women team’s ranking below.