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Local football experts praise Boyz for Mexico draw

Published:Friday | July 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott

Jamaica's Reggae Boyz have come under heavy criticism for the poor attacking display in their Gold Cup match against Mexico on Thursday, despite holding the group and tournament favourites to a 0-0 draw in their top-of-the-table clash.

However, local football experts Clyde Jureidini and Bradley Stewart, thought it was a pragmatic approach by coach Theodore Whitmore and a well executed game plan by the players, for a point well earned.

"Whitmore warned before (game) he would change the structure and personnel and we saw the commitment and tactical discipline of the team. The most important thing in a tournament is result and the result oriented tactical ploy 'Tappa' (Whitmore) employed worked perfectly for Jamaicans," Jureidini said.

"We had to make sure we didn't lose the game to remain in the top two. We spoiled the party for them (Mexico) and made our position (in group) so strong. It is difficult for us not to advance," he added.


Ultimate objective


Stewart had similar views: "At the end of the day, one has to see the result as the ultimate objective, and the team's objective is to go to the second round, so getting a point out of the Mexico game is credible."

But while, Stewart believes they could have done better in possession and creating opportunities, Jurideini thinks that will come with time.

"The formation was designed to get a point. There are a lot missing (offensively) and the formation would have put the players under some stress, because it is not a system they play on a regular basis. But in terms of offense we could not get quality passes into the final third for players to keep possession. But overall I thought they did well," he said

However, Jurideini believes with time they will get better as an attacking unit.

"The creativity, possession and understanding is not there yet and it is not there because they have not played together. In the (Mexico) game we were making bad passes and turning over the ball and not coordinating. But that will come with confidence, results and playing time, so I think we will see a little better and more balance game against El Salvador," he commented.