Monteith’s Reggae Warriors ready to regroup to face Wolverines

Jamaica coach Romeo Monteith has acknowledged that the Reggae Warriors’ defeat to the USA in the first of their World Cup qualifying ties has taken its toll on his team.

Nevertheless, Monteith is confident in his players’ collective ability to regroup, and is expecting a reaction when they face Canada on Tuesday.

“It was a really exciting game and I think the fans would have been really pleased,” said Monteith.

“It was competitive until the end and I want to congratulate the USA on their victory.

“We just need to regroup for Canada. We have a few injuries so hopefully we’ll be able to get them back on the field.

“We were pretty tough in defence even though we let in two soft tries, but overall for 80 minutes I think we were really solid, which pleased me a lot.”

Monteith believes that Jamaica must play to their strengths in the back line, when they face what is sure to be a well-motivated Canadian team.

“There are areas for us to improve though, we could have shifted the ball better,” he added.

“Our strength was at centre and wing. We needed to move the ball a lot earlier.”

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