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Bascome: Bermuda became too impatient

Bermuda coach Andrew Bascome reckons his players can take valuable lessons from their humbling 6-1 defeat against England C at the National Sports Centre on Tuesday night.

“It was a good lesson for us in more ways than one and I’m not just talking about the scoreline because they (England C) were a better team,” he said. “They were a lot more organised, a lot better tactically and they were good at what they do.

“It was a good opposition and even though we were 2-1 down at the half I knew that they would always step it up a bit because you have fresh people coming on of equal quality and the guy (James Norwood) that scored a hat-trick came off the bench.”

Bascome said his players’ impatience off the ball did not help their cause.

“We got impatient when they were sweeping the ball across the back,” he said. “Because a team is sweeping the ball across the back for long periods we get impatient and feel we are not in the game. But they are only sweeping the ball in the back because they can’t go forward and when a team can’t go forward that means you are organised. But when a team is able to go forward at will that means you have too many gaps between the lines.”

To be able to compete on the same level as quality opposition Bascome said his players must embrace a possessive brand of football that plays to their strengths rather than relying heavily on the long ball.

“We have to play the type of football we know we can be effective in and to me that is trying to keep ball possession for long periods instead of being so quick to launch balls forward because physically we are not really a big nation,” he said. “We also have to learn to play more collectively because in certain spurts of the game we did show that we have the ability to keep possession but we have to be patient and it’s nothing wrong with feeling the ball for long periods to try and frustrate the opposition and pull them out of their element.

“I was pretty impressed with the spurts in which we maintained possession against a quality opposition because it was a quite few times we were able to get our full backs in the attacking third and that’s through build-up. But what disappointed me was the fact we did not stick to it because we became so conscious of scoring which became our primary goal instead of saying ‘let’s play’, ‘let’s respect the opposition’ and ‘let’s continue to make good use of the ball’.”

Despite the heavy defeat, Bermuda Football Association (BFA) president Larry Mussenden said senior national squad players have nothing to be ashamed of.

“I think our players can hold their heads high,” he said. “Obviously they wanted to win the match and I challenged them to win that match and everybody wanted them to win but the reality of it was that perhaps they (England C) outclassed us.

“But we did a spectacular job particularly in the first half that just needed to be transformed into the second half as well.”

The visitors prevailed on goals from Antoni Sarcevic, Marlon Jackson, Andre Gray and super sub Norwood who bagged a second half hat-trick.

Bermuda skipper John Barry Nusum replied for the hosts moments before half-time.

Bermuda national team coach Andrew Bascome

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Published June 06, 2013 at 2:41 pm (Updated June 06, 2013 at 2:41 pm)

Bascome: Bermuda became too impatient

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