Boyz play best when backs against the wall - Phillips

November 23, 2015
Ian Allen/Photographer Nicaragua's goalkeeper Justo Lorente (right) leaves his line to take the ball ahead of Jamaica's Demar Phillips during a CONCACAF 2018 World Cup Qualifier at the National Stadium. Nicaragua, ranked 139 by FIFA, stunned 52nd ranked Jamaica 3-2.

JAMAICAN midfielder Demar Phillips said though it shows character, it is sad that the Reggae Boyz have to have their backs against the wall to play their best football.

The Real Salt Lake attacker says the Winfried Schäfer-coached team should be more dominant at home.

?The team plays best when our back is against the wall, which is sad, as it is not suppose to be like that. But when we are in difficulty we always pull it off,? he said.

?It is not going to always happen like that,? he cautioned.

?We should dominate when we are at home, but we do not. We got the chance to be on six points but, unfortunately, we are on three. We play better when our back is against the wall.?

Phillips thinks their lack of friendly internationals at the National Stadium has contributed to their poor showing at ?The Office? recently.

?We do not play as much friendlies at home. For the last couple of months, most of the good results we get are away from home, because we are not playing at home,? he noted.

Phillips, one of the Reggae Boyz most consistent performers since the last World Cup campaign, said it is sometimes frustrating for him to sit on the sidelines when he is in good form.

?Personally, over the years my performances have always been good when I represent the country. I put out my heart and I show my class and do what it takes to be in the team; and in Haiti, again, I showed what I can do.

?We are football players, we don?t come to sit on the bench, especially when you are performing, but the coach picks the team and that his decision, but sometimes you are frustrated,? he said.

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