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Boyles: Poor pitch played its part in our loss

Bermuda coach Devarr Boyles believes pitch conditions at Providence Stadium may have factored in his team's demise in Guyana.

Last night's match was played on a venue that had a cricket pitch in the middle of the park that, at times, hindered both team's progress.

“It was really shocking to think how a match could be played on this surface,” Boyles said.

“The wicket ran right through the middle of the park.

“It was a cricket ground that we played on. Where we would have liked to play the ball through there was a cricket pitch.”

Pitch conditions aside, Boyles admitted that at times his team's defending left much to be desired.

“The first goal unfortunately for us took a deflection and the second caught us out,” he said. “It was a good delivery and good finish but the defending could have been better.”

Boyles, though, credited his players for their never-say-die attitude after trailing by two goals.

“Credit to our team, they find a way to keep believing and push on,” he said.

“It was a nervy final minutes for our opponents because whenever a goal goes in you can sense the momentum changing.

“But for us the first goal and then a quick second one really made it difficult for us to recover. On the balance of play they created some chances and took theirs.

“We had one or two chances that we could have done better with, but we came up short towards the end.

“I think we scored too late to give ourselves a real chance of getting something out of the match.”

Despite losing their opening two World Cup qualifiers on the road Boyles reckons his players can still take something from both matches.

“Both performances are encouraging but we were short in both matches so we will take the positives out of this match and put them into the next one,” he said.

“We gave a good account of ourselves, we always knew it would be a challenge for us on the road.

“But over the course of both matches we would have loved to get something from them, especially in this one.

“With this being said it is all to do in the fact that we have to get some points at home. We have two games already on the road out of the way so we can look to improve.

“The two top teams (Guyana and Trinidad) are both on six points and have to play each other as well as come to Bermuda to play us, and so I think the onus on us is to get results. against them”

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Published September 07, 2011 at 9:00 am (Updated September 07, 2011 at 9:46 am)

Boyles: Poor pitch played its part in our loss

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