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Expecting to win in Trinidad ‘unrealistic’

Derek Broadley believes Bermuda are still punching above their weight despite losing their opening two World Cup qualifying matches.

Bermuda restricted a star-studded Trinidad team to a 1-0 win last Friday, before losing to Guyana 2-1 earlier this week to leave Devarr Boyles' side without a point to their name.

But Broadley, the BFA's ex-technical director, believes it would be ignorant to judge those results without placing them into context, and has called for the Island's doom and gloom merchants to rein in their unrealistic expectations.

“These two games haven't been a disaster for Bermuda,” said Broadley. “I still think they're punching way above their weight.

“To take on Trinidad in their own backyard, a team with –Premier League stars, and have 43 percent of the possession is a massive achievement.

“I mean, I've had people –calling me saying 'what a result that is'.

“I'm looking at that and thinking 'this team has eight or nine players under the age of 21 and they've gone to a powerhouse like Trinidad and got a great result'.

“Sure, Guyana aren't a powerhouse but I don't think Bermuda sometimes recognise the work being done by the other countries. Football's moved on all over the world.”

Having to start their campaign with back-to-back away matches, the only team in the group to have done so, hasn't made life any easier for Boyles' men.

And Broadley believes that had Bermuda played Guyana at home rather than away, as originally scheduled, they would have three points on the board by now.

He accepts the decision was borne out of the BFA's financial constraints, but feels it denied the players a chance to build their momentum in front of their home supporters.

“Had (Bermuda) returned home to play that game after a great result against Trinidad, and with the fans behind them, would have there been a different result?

“Would Bermuda now be sitting on three points?” said Broadley, who now coaches Knoxville Force on the US.

“If money had been no object would the BFA requested to switch that game.

“I tell you now, that decision wouldn't have been made three years ago when the BFA were still receiving full funding from Government.”

With three of their remaining

qualifiers to be played at home, Broadley remains optimistic the Gombey Warriors can sign off their qualifying campaign on a high note.

However, he has warned against danger of judging the national programme purely on results at the –senior level, which he said would be detrimental to the development of the local game.

“I actually believe Bermudian national football teams, at any level, have become very consistent and competitive in every game they play.

“I think that's down to the structure that's been put in place,” said the ex-Crystal Palace football academy –director.

“If you speak to the likes of Gary Darrell, Devarr Boyles and Scott Morton, the guys involved, I'm sure they will tell you there's stability at every level.

“People have to remember the senior team is only one aspect of the whole national programme. I was told from day one was that I wasn't to be the national coach (of Bermuda) and that my job was not just taking care of the national teams. I had absolutely no problem with that.

“However, it seems an unfair position if the entire programme is going to be based on the national team's results.

“If that's all that matters then surely that's precisely where the technical director should be.”

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Published September 08, 2011 at 10:00 am (Updated September 08, 2011 at 10:01 am)

Expecting to win in Trinidad ‘unrealistic’

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