I changed the game - Mattocks

July 13, 2017
Darren Mattocks


DARREN Mattocks said he had no problem coming from off the bench during Jamaica's opening Gold Cup match against Curacao on Sunday night.

Mattocks, who was playing for the first time since scoring in the 2015 final of the competition which the Reggae Boyz lost 1-3 to Mexico, scored the second goal in Jamaica's 2-0 win on Sunday. However, he had to wait until the 59th minute to make an appearance after being brought on for Jermaine Johnson.


Dynamics changed


"That's the coach's decision," Mattocks said. "At the end of the day, the coach makes all the decisions but I know what I'm capable of doing. It showed (on Sunday). It was a very good first goal by Romario (Williams), but as soon as I came into the game, the entire dynamic changed. We got much more chances."

The 26-year-old said though he is delighted to have scored in consecutive games for Jamaica, he is more focused on the bigger picture, the team.

"Three-from-three, dating back to 2015, but it's not just about me, it's about the entire team," he said. "Not just about the guys that played but the guys that didn't play as well. We are going to need those guys to push the guys, who played, to be physically and mentally prepared."

Mattocks hopes to be involved from the start of tonight's game when the Reggae Boyz meet Mexico at eight o'clock, Jamaica time, in Denver, Colorado.

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