Half-time talk changed game - Whitmore

July 25, 2017
Jamaica's head coach Theodore Whitmore

Coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore said Jamaica's approach in Sunday's 1-0 Gold Cup semi-final win against Mexico was a bit different than the 0-0 draw in the group stage.

"When we played Mexico in the group stage, all we wanted was a result. Last night (Sunday) it was a semi-final, we had to approach it a bit different," he said.

"We had a bit of hitches in the first half of the game as Mattocks (Darren) and Williams (Romario) were not playing according to plan. After we went into the dressing room, we made the adjustments and it was a total different team. We were going at the Mexicans and getting opportunities because they were afraid of losing the game," Whitmore said.

Defender Kemar 'Taxi' Lawrence scored from a beautiful free kick for the Reggae Boyz in the 88th minute for a 1-0 win.

Meanwhile, the Gold Cup grand finale featuring United States and Jamaica is set for tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. (Jamaica time), in the Bay Area's Levi's Stadium.

Nearly 60,000 tickets have been sold for the championship match of the 2017 Gold Cup, which kicked off on July 7, with 12 teams competing for the Confederation's national team championship.

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