Boyles: We need to show attacking threat
Bermuda national team coach Devarr Boyles insists his side will be going for glory against Guyana in what could be a pivotal World Cup qualifying match at Providence Stadium tonight.
Boyles knows his team can’t afford to return home empty-handed, having drummed into his players the importance of remaining in the qualifying mix after their opening two matches.
A narrow defeat against group favourites Trinidad may have represented an encouraging start to Bermuda’s campaign, but Boyles believes it’s crucial his team display more attacking intent against Guyana.
“The mood in the camp is very good at the moment; we may have lost to Trinidad but we can take a lot of encouragement from the way we played,” said Boyles yesterday.
“We’ve prepared for this game in exactly the same way as we prepared for the Trinidad game, although we’re obviously looking for a better result. We want to replicate all of the good things we did against Trinidad although we will need to be more potent in attack and more effective in possession.”
Similarly to Bermuda, there will no shortage of confidence in the Guyana camp on the back of the Golden Jaguars’ 2-0 home win over Barbados on Friday.
And while Guyana may not possess anywhere near the attacking armoury as the star-studded Soca Warriors, Boyles said Bermuda were bracing themselves for another tough encounter.
“I’m sure Guyana will be feeling good about themselves after making a winning start against Barbados; I’m sure their confidence will also be high,” he said. “They’re also the home team so they have that advantage and we’re expecting a tough game, there’s no doubt about that.”
Boyles is likely to make a couple of changes to his team for today’s game after closely monitoring the sharpness of his players in training.
“Some of our players have been playing more regularly over the summer than others so it’s important we see how they respond in training having played Trinidad only a few days ago,” Boyles said. “We could decide to make a couple of changes to freshen things up a little; that’s something we will be looking at.”
Two players who could come into contention for today’s game are John Barry Nusum and Reiko Trott, who both linked up with the squad on Saturday after missing the Trinidad match due to other commitments.
Boyles said the experienced presence of Nusum, the Island top goalscorer in World Cup qualifiers, had already been felt in the camp.
“We know what to expect from John. He has a big presence both in the dressing room and on the pitch,” he said.
Bermuda take on Guyana at the Providence Stadium at 9pm (Bermuda time).