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Force won’t take Town for granted

Defence Force believe home advantage is all they need to see off Dandy Town in their CFU Club Championship second-leg clash on Saturday.

Assistant coach Marvin Gordon said a bigger field and the fact that the match was being played on grass and not astro-turf would make all the difference.

And while Gordon admitted his side had been caught out by the Bermuda Premier Division champions, he said that was something that wouldn't happen again.

“We are confident in doing our business at home and moving on to the second round after Saturday's match,” Gordon told Trinidad's Express newspaper.

“We will be at home, the field is much bigger and it's grass and not astro-turf. The weather conditions and home support will also play major roles.”

Force boss Ross Russell said after last week's draw at BAA Field that his team had been taken by surprise and was going to take a DVD of the game back to Trinidad to analyse what went wrong.

“I think our players took them for granted,” said Gordon. “Dandy Town surprised us with their speed and direct play in the first 20 minutes (of the first leg).

“But I think after playing them in the first leg we have a better idea about them. Ross Russell and myself had the past week to prepare our players to do much better and we will also change around our squad a bit.”

The home side will have to make a couple of changes from the team that played in Bermuda, with Aklie Edwards and Jemel Seabro both ruled out through injury.

While Force will once again start as favourites, Dandy Town will also fancy their chances of progressing to the second round, and skipper Damon Ming believes his team can go to Trinidad and get a result.

“They have a team of pros but if we can play with the same type of energy and hunger as in the first leg then we should get a good result,” said Ming.

“They may want to play fast, scrappy and physical but we will just need to stick to what the coach wants us to do. We need an away goal, but as I said, anything can happen, and there is a strong possibility that we can get a result that would send us through.”

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Published March 18, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated March 18, 2011 at 11:07 am)

Force won’t take Town for granted

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