The Jamaicans were very attacking in the US match, but conceded an injury-time goal to suffer their second home loss inside three days, having gone down 1-0 in the return clash against Mexico earlier. “If you look at the first game we played away, it was Mexico. It’s the same sort of approach we’re going to take going into this Honduras game,” Whitmore said of their match at The Azteca, which produced a historic 0-0 result, the first time Jamaica had ever earned a point in Mexico playing WCQ.
Asked if the “way we played away to Mexico” meant defensively, Whitmore responded: “Not really, but even like the US game.”
“It’s 11 v 11 and regardless of the situation we’ve to put aside all our differences and work towards getting three points come Tuesday,” he continued, following the team’s training session in Fort Lauderdale yesterday evening, their first since their 2-1 loss against the United States at the National Stadium on Friday night.
That same day, the Hondurans also lost – 1-0 at Costa Rica – which also leaves them in a difficult position to qualify from the six-nation CONCACAF final round WCQ play-offs.
“We’re aware of the situation that the Hondurans just lost and they’ll be at home. You know the sort of reception we get when we go there, but we’ve to prepare, go out there and prepare to play good football and win the game,” Whitmore challenged.
Jamaica are bottom of the standings on two points, while Honduras have four. Costa Rica, the United States and Mexico are tied at the top on seven points, while Panama have six. The top three auto- matically qualify for next year’s World Cup Finals in Brazil, while fourth plays Oceania champions New Zealand for another spot.
Whitmore says a road game might not be all bad for his team right now.
“It’s going to be always difficult playing away from home, but probably playing away will be best for us because our back is against the wall. The Hondurans are at home and they more than anything else will want to go at us, so we just have to keep our shape, keep organised, keep our focus and we’ll get something out of the game,” he stated.
Whitmore … The (coaching) contract is expected to signed by the end of the month.
Theodore Whitmore …We want thank you for the support we got from everyone and want to assure you that football will remain alive and well in this country, despite this setback.Ian Allen/Staff PhotographerJamaica’s head coach Theodore Whitmore reflects as he watches the Reggae Boyz playing against Mexico in their crucial CONCACAF Group Two World Cup qualifying match, at the National Stadium on Saturday. Jamaica won 1-0.interim coach Theodore Whitmore in a pensive mood during the match.