We didn’t respect England C enough, says Nusum
Bermuda skipper John Barry Nusum was left ruing his side’s defensive lapses early in the match after slumping to a heavy defeat to England C at the National Sports Centre.
Nusum scored Bermuda’s only goal to bring them within striking distance of the visitor’s at the break, but he believed it was the early exchanges of the friendly match that cost the hosts.
His goal added to his impressive tally for the national team to pull further ahead of Shaun Goater’s record.
“They played the ball around nice but I feel we overexerted ourselves too much in the first couple minutes,” said the former Philadelphia Kixx man.
“They went up 2-0 and it’s never a good thing for any team around the world to fall behind like that.
“We stuck to it, we got to 2-1 and at the break we felt we were in the match.”
While many would point at Bermuda’s deep line of defence as the chief reason they were on the back foot for the majority of the match, the Wolves defender saw proceedings from a different point of view.
“It wasn’t a fact of respecting them too much in the defensive approach we took,” he said.
“We didn’t respect them enough in their ability to play the ball and we tried to over attack defensively on the ball, therefore our lines weren’t tight and that found areas to exploit.”
Despite the defeat Nusum is adamant Bermuda’s preparations for next month’s NatWest Island Games are going according to plan.
And although he limped off in the second half, he insisted he would be ready for the Games.
“Our preparations have been good but you have to understand that England C are in this element all the time,” he said.
“The goal wasn’t just me, Reggie had a good shot that the goalkeeper saved and I had the simple task of putting home. I didn’t have a say in the goal but it feels good to get it.
“My injury isn’t major, it's just a slight bit of cramp but I’m okay and ready to push on.”