WAYNE Dover, head coach of the Golden Jaguars, said that he’s comfortable with scoreless result between Guyana and Martinique, after the two sides met on Tuesday evening in front of a packed Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) ground.
Dover and his assistant Charles ‘Lily’ Pollard were tasked with kick-starting the rebuilding process of Guyana’s senior national men’s football team and their first opposition against a CONCACAF Gold Cup-bound Martinique, according to the team’s head coach was more than encouraging.
Speaking at the game’s post-match press conference, Dover told reporters that “It’s a good result for us and in the process of rebuilding a result like this can mean well for us. We showed desire and we’re going to continue working diligently to build this brand and build this team to be world beaters and not to be conceding goals and losing game after game.”
“We were uncomfortable in the early stages and once the game wore on and we found our way, started to implement our way of playing and we had our chances; this is a result that we welcome and accept,” the Guyana team head coach said.
The plan, according to Dover, was to not concede as many as they did in their previous games played during the CFU Caribbean Cup.
Guyana lost 3-2 to Suriname and 4-2 Jamaica, but Dover noted. “We (Guyana) came out not to concede a goal and not to lose the game and that’s what we’ve achieved. In the first half, they made the game a bit uncomfortable for us, because we thought that they were going to sit back and let us run at them.
Meanwhile, Golden Jaguars skipper Samuel Cox believed that the condition of the MSC ground was not too conducive for International play, but, the England-based defender is happy with the result.
Much was said about the MSC ground when it was announced as the host venue for the game, returning international football to Linden for the first time since 2011.
“The conditions out there were difficult and it was for both sides,” said Cox, adding, “I think it affected the quality from Martinique and from us as well. The ball striking is hard because there’s a lot of sand underneath and it’s hard for both teams … I think we put on a good display defensively and it could only be progress from here.”