Williams: We Didn’t Defend Well

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Technical director for the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA), Rolston Williams, has blamed overall poor performance for the senior team’s recent 4-2 loss to Martinique in the CONCACAF Nations League. 
Speaking for the first time since the team’s last outing on Monday, Williams said the team played weak defensively against a team known for its attacking prowess. 
“I just thought that individually and collectively we didn’t defend properly. Any team going to a foreign country and scoring two goals is always good but if you’re conceding four then it is going to be difficult to win a game so I just think that we didn’t defend well individually and also collectively,” he said.  
Miles Weston’s goal in the 17th minute and an added time conversion by Quinton Griffith, were Antigua and Barbuda’s two goals in the contest. 
The hosts had goals come from Stephane Abaul, Sebastien Cretinoir, Christophe Jougon and Kevin Parsemain. 
Williams said there are no excuses for the way the team played, adding it will be a difficult task to qualify after having lost two of their three outings to date. 
“It is what it is. We had a whole week going into Martinique and we played a practice match so I can’t be here sitting and making excuses. At the moment we are not just playing well enough in order to win ball games. I think that individually and collectively we are just not playing good enough and that’s the bottom line and we just have to face the reality,” he said. 
Antigua and Barbuda were beaten 3-0 by St. Lucia in their opening contest here at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium before trouncing the Bahamas 6-0 in the Bahamas in October. 
The Antigua and 
Barbuda Benna Boys now ranked 22nd on the 34 team standings, will next play Curacao on March 25 here in Antigua.

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