We can attack too - Speid

September 26, 2018
Speid

Cavalier coach Rudolph Speid said his team can attack if it wants to as they showed in the last 10 minutes of their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) match against Arnett Gardens on Sunday, to come from a goal down to win the game in the late stages.

Cavalier played a dull first-half and offered very little going forward. Their fans rued about the way they were playing, even though they tried to hit their opponent on the break. However, the opportunities were few for them, with the best chances of the first half falling to the visitors.

Arnett continued to have the better of the second half and eventually took the lead when Reid finished off a play he started 11 minutes from the end.

"Arnett is not an easy team to play. They have so many good attacking players. Vishunal Harris, Parko Blacks (Fabian Reid), they have a really good team. But we were really playing a cat-and-mouse game in the first half, trying to counter-attack them. We had to be on our Ps and Qs in defence, we didn't want them to break us down and we achieved that in the first half," he said,

 

GAME PLAN

 

"So we had to contain Arnett in the first half and we did that very well. But when they scored and went ahead they had to change the game plan, so we attacked them more and the goalkeeper was forced to make many saves, so we were sure to get back a goal before the end," he continued

But with nothing to lose, Speid changed tactics late in the game. And for the remainder of the match, Arnett could not cope with Cavalier relentless attack as goalkeeper Damion Hyatt was forced into a string of saves before his resistance was eventually broken when Jamoi Topey's cross eluded everyone and sneaked into the far post.

Minutes later, Hamilton broke Arnett's fans hearts when he volleyed home a cross at the back post to give the home team the win four minutes into added time.

"We practised a lot of things in the off season, one of them (counter-attack) we were doing in the first half. But we can attack people if we want to. So what we did (second half) was take out a central midfielder and put on an attacker and put on a more enterprising wing back in Jamoi Topey, and you saw the result.

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