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Coley: Players ready for the real thing

Published:Saturday | July 11, 2015 | 7:00 AM
Miguel Coley, assistant Reggae Boyz coach.

HOUSTON, Texas:

NOW that the experimentation is over, Jamaica will be looking to turn the tide on Canada when the teams clash in a

CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B match at BBVA Compass Stadium today, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Last time the teams met, the Jamaica coaching staff was testing players for its World Cup qualifying campaign and were stung 3-1 in a friendly international at BMO Stadium in Toronto on September 9 last year.

"During that time we were experimenting in terms of developing a core. I believe now we've developed a core and a system that has been working for us and we're a better team, a solid team and play a tough game," said Miguel Coley, assistant coach of the Reggae Boyz.

"In the first game they pressed us, I think we were playing a 3-5-2 system in that game and they won a lot of balls in our defensive area and were able to attack us.

"It'll be a tough game, tough game in the sense that every team is on one point now and want to reach those four points as quickly as possible and really make their mark in terms of the group," he added.

Drew first games

Both teams drew their first game on Wednesday, Jamaica 2-2 against Costa Rica and Canada 0-0 against El Salvador, at StubHub Center in Los Angeles.

Coley said there's no revenge factor, they're just hungry to satisfy their goal.

"It's not a revenge factor," he stated. "We really want to do well in the competition and Canada is an opponent that is standing in our way and we have to get rid of them.

"Canada have always been a bogey team for Jamaica, even when we play really well they always find a way. We have to really get on top of that and put them away as quickly as possible."

The Reggae Boyz got a look at the Canadians the other night and Coley believes if they display similar tactics Jamaica could exploit them.

"We've a pretty good chance based on how they were tactically in the last game. If they come back like that against a strong Jamaica team we could rip them apart. But having said that, we've to be disciplined and try score and have a clean sheet."

- A.B.