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D/Force coach pleased at Connection’s expense

Tuesday, February 19 2013

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DEFENCE FORCE FC coach Ross Russell is pleased at the fact that his squad were able to defeat W Connection on Friday night and pushing the 2011/2012 Digicel Pro League champions towards the brink of relinquishing their crown.

“Beating the defending champs W Connection and (somewhat) knocking them out of the race, is very important because we want to win the (Digicel Pro) League before the third round starts,” said Russell following the 2-1 win over Connection at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya.

“We want to be ahead by at least 12 points,” added the jubilant Russell, in an interview on the League’s website.

“I think it would hurt them(Connection) [in the end] because they dropped more points and dropped behind North East Stars as well.

Now they have to study getting into the first two before studying us. So they would have to do some home work and while they are doing that, they would do a job for us.”

Defence Force leads the standings with 32 points from 13 games, and enjoy a delightful nine-point advantage ahead of second-placed Caledonia AIA. Connection slipped one into fourth following the defeat with 19 points while North East Stars moved up, into third with 20 points with a 3-1 win over bottom of the table TTEC FC in the first match of the Super Friday double header at the Macoya venue.

Eyeing another three points, the soldiers are against the cellar positioned TTEC on the weekend, and Russell explains that it’s very easy to keep his players focussed on the prize.

“We always have our secrets… but we are working hard to maintain our position at the top because you know after the Carnival break it’s very tough to keep your players in, and we did that.

“We are looking forward to the next round and hope that we keep the flag flying. Right now it’s kind of easy (in motivating the players) because we are on top right now and they are seeing we can win (the) League. So they are very much focussed. We threw away two titles already for the season and I don’t think they want this one to get away.

It’s kind of easier in getting them focussed and right now they are making me proud,” concluded the Army coach.

This season the soldiers missed out on three pieces of silverware beginning with the Digicel Charity Shield (against W Connection), and in the Finals of the First Citizens Cup (against Caledonia) and Toyota Classic (against North East Stars).

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