Published:Monday | September 7, 2015| Shayne Fairman
Darren Mattocks, who plays centre forward for Jamaica’s senior men’s national football team and scored in their 3-2 loss to Nicaragua in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers last Friday, believes all is not lost and the Reggae Boyz will bounce back.
The 25-year-old netted in the first leg and has now scored 11 goals overall for Jamaica. He might just be thinking that his biggest test for his country could be tomorrow night.
“To get back two goals, that’s definitely something we are going to build on and move forward. I am pretty confident we will learn and make all corrections and go to Nicaragua and get the job done,” he pointed out in a post-game interview late Friday night.
Mattocks reasoned that the result would be seen as very disappointing by the Jamaican people, but maintained that the visitors played well, amid suggestions that the Reggae Boyz underestimated them or put in a lacklustre performance.
SOMETHING TO LEARN FROM
“I wouldn’t say we underestimated them, to be honest. Sometimes we don’t know what teams are capable of doing until we play them, and that’s what happened here tonight (Friday). I think they played well and surprised us. Many wouldn’t expect them to come into Kingston and defeat us, but it’s something that we learn from and we will continue growing,” he said.
Tomorrow night inside the Estadio Nacional stadium in Managua, Jamaica must win or face elimination from yet another FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign.
Getting a positive result in the return leg, Mattocks says, begins with thinking positive and working as a team.
“They (Nicaragua) have got a good set of players, and they attack as a team, so that’s where their goals came from. Now we know that’s how they play, so now we are going to make all corrections and go forward,” he stressed.
The player added that the upset was a lesson for the Reggae Boyz, “who have come a long way”, adding they are determined to continue.
The match will kick off tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m.
published by The Gleaner.
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