Darren Mattocks, who plays centre forward for Jamaica’s senior men’s national football team and scored in their 3-2 loss to Nicaragua in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers last Friday, believes all is not lost and the Reggae Boyz will bounce back. The 25-year-old netted in the first leg and has now scored 11 goals overall for Jamaica. He might just be thinking that his biggest test for his country could be tomorrow night. “To get back two goals, that’s definitely something we are going to build on and move forward. I am pretty confident we will learn and make all corrections and go to Nicaragua and get the job done,” he pointed out in a post-game interview late Friday night. Mattocks reasoned that the result would be seen as very disappointing by the Jamaican people, but maintained that the visitors played well, amid suggestions that the Reggae Boyz underestimated them or put in a lacklustre performance. SOMETHING TO LEARN FROM “I wouldn’t say we underestimated them, to be honest. Sometimes we don’t know what teams are capable of doing until we play them, and that’s what happened here tonight (Friday). I think they played well and surprised us. Many wouldn’t expect them to come into Kingston and defeat us, but it’s something that we learn from and we will continue growing,” he said. Tomorrow night inside the Estadio Nacional stadium in Managua, Jamaica must win or face elimination from yet another FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign. Getting a positive result in the return leg, Mattocks says, begins with thinking positive and working as a team. “They (Nicaragua) have got a good set of players, and they attack as a team, so that’s where their goals came from. Now we know that’s how they play, so now we are going to make all corrections and go forward,” he stressed. The player added that the upset was a lesson for the Reggae Boyz, “who have come a long way”, adding they are determined to continue. The match will kick off tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m.
10 10 4. Watford have already won more points (29) this season than in either of their two previous Premier League campaigns. 10 10 7. Only Arsenal have amassed more away points than Crystal Palace’s tally of 36 in 2015. 10 9. Only four teams in Premier League history have endured longer winless runs than Aston Villa’s current sequence (17). 10 3. No player has scored more Premier League goals than Tottenham striker Harry Kane in 2015 (27). Are people still really calling for a winter break in English football?The festive period is now in full swing after a rip-roaring Boxing Day fixture list that amassed 23 goals and plenty of talking points.Arsenal proved they are still very much Arsenal after surrendering the chance to top the table by being mauled at Southampton, while Louis van Gaal is very much on thin ice after his Manchester United side suffered a third successive league defeat.Leicester, amazingly, suffered their first away league loss of the season as Liverpool became the first team to stop the Foxes scoring, while Manchester City and Tottenham cemented their top four spots.The fixtures produced some pretty startling statistics too – so here are ten to cast your gaze over.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see our selection… 10 8. Christian Benteke has contributed to more goals (4 – 3 goals, 1 assist) than any other player as a substitute this season. 6. Wayne Rooney was named on the bench for the first time in a Premier League or Champions League match since January 28 2014. 10 2. Leicester’s defeat at Liverpool was the first time they have failed to score in the Premier League this season. 5. Romelu Lukaku failed to score for Everton for the first time since October 27 – ending a run of finding the net in eight successive matches. 10 10 10. Southampton defender Cuco Martina became the first player from Curacao to score in the Premier League – 93 different nationalities have now scored in the top flight. 1. Manchester United have now lost four consecutive competitive matches in all competitions in the same season for the first time since November 1961.