Boyz coach Schaefer unhappy with almost everything
Mr Furious!Monday, June 06, 2016
IAN BURNETT SPORT EDITOR with the REGGAE BOYZ at the C PA AMERICA CENTENARIO in the United States of America
CHICAGO, Illinois — Reggae Boyz Head Coach Winfried Schaefer is an unhappy bunny.
Not only because his team failed to grasp a grand opportunity to register their first win in Copa America Centenario against Venezuela, or what he deemed unfair officiating against his team, but primarily because his players strayed from the game plan and got burnt really badly.
"The plan was not to play short passes against Venezuela’s pressing in the middle, but to play behind the pressing line to our strikers, and we conceded a goal from this very same situation where we tried to play the ball through the midfield and lost possession — but that was after we had the two best chances to score," he fumed.
He added: "The first chance came from a long ball from the goalkeeper to (Giles) Barnes who passed on to (Clayton) Donaldson to shoot at goal. He (Donaldson) could have shown more aggression (sturdiness) and waited a bit before shooting to goal, and that would have given him a better chance.
"They had four or five players in midfield and it was tight, so we shouldn’t be trying to play short passes in that area. Our plan was to play on the wings and behind the block of players to Donaldson and Barnes, and we conceded by doing exactly what we didn’t want to do.
"The plan was also to play wide when we had possession of the ball and, on one occasion, Hector played a ball out wide for McCleary, but he came in too early and so we lost the ball and we didn’t get the chance to spread the field.
"That is what I mean by tactical discipline. Against Chile we had many balls from the right side wide from McCleary which created problems for the defence, but this time we weren’t able to create those chances. When a player is positioned to play right or left then he must play right or left, not go infield too early," charged the coach, who was quick to explain that his criticism was not against McCleary, in particular, but in general.
The coach also noted that when the team went down to 10 players it put added pressure on the players as they had to run much more and got tired, though they were still able to create a few chances.
But he said he was not pleased with the team’s play, even before Rodolph Austin’s ejection.
"His red card killed our plans, as we had two strikers who covered the pitch very well. But after the red card, Barnes had to go 20 metres deeper in the midfield, so we decided to counter-attack or rely on set pieces for a goal, and we got the chances after the ejection.
"I was not happy with many situations before we went down to 10 players, but now we have to analyse the match and prepare for Mexico. We need to work hard in training doing exactly what we want to do against Mexico and then I’m sure we can make a good match against them."
The Boyz will face Mexico at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on Thursday, while Uruguay, who were beaten 3-1 by Mexico on Sunday, entertain Venezuela in Philadelphia.
Schaefer also explained that Wes Morgan was not in any shape to start the game, though the big central defender had agreed to enter the fray if called upon.
And he was upset with the manner in which Kemar Lawrence reaggravated his groin injury, which now looks set to rule him out for the rest of the tournament.
"I don’t want to knock my players, but Kemar has to be a little more professional. When he is injured then he’s injured and he cannot go to the training; and now he’s out as the MRI result is not good for his groin," said the German.
The Reggae Boyz boss said he wants to see, in training, which players best fit his plans for Mexico.