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Boyles proud of team’s home form

Bermuda coach Devarr Boyles believes his younger players have gained valuable experience during their country’s World Cup qualifying campaign and has backed them to push on in future tournaments.

Boyles fielded 22 different players throughout the six matches, blending youth with experience as the side ended Group B unbeaten on home soil.

Now with the next generation of footballers gaining valuable experience in the international arena, Boyles is confident they can continue with the team turns their attentions to next year’s Digicel Caribbean Cup.

“This was a new arena for some of the guys, we fielded 22 players throughout the campaign they all produced very well, Tahj Bell was our 22nd player to play in the campaign so it was great to see,” said Boyles.

“Most people wouldn’t have used all those players but we have a good nucleus of older guys who helped tremendously with their knowledge, and the younger guys picked up from that and set a standard that we can all be proud of.

“We will look for these young guys to now step up and play a big role in our future in the tournaments to come.”

Bermuda finished their campaign on ten points, five short of the target Boyles had set the side at the start of the qualifiers.

However, he was thrilled with team’s home form and believes the National Sports Centre is slowly becoming a fortress.

“We are really excited because once we were mathematically out of contention we wanted to get to ten points and hopefully finish second in the group, so depending on how the other match ends it may be a real possibility,” he said.

“Any time we can extend our unbeaten run at home says that this is a fortress and we want to keep it this way. I think the players are doing everything to make this a reality.

“Early on in the campaign, with 18 points on offer from the six matches, we wanted to get to 15, obviously this didn’t happen but we are still proud.

“Winning three homes games gave us nine and we needed to get something on the road that didn’t happen, so it was a bit upsetting but the home form was great.”

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Published November 15, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 15, 2011 at 7:54 am)

Boyles proud of team’s home form

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