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Donaldson Debut

Clayton Donaldson failed to prevent Jamaica losing 2-0 to Panama yesterday after coming on as a second-half sub for Vancouver Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks. The Reggae Boyz went down to a first half Armando Cooper free-kick and an unfortunate own goal from Leicester defender Wes Morgan.

It was a disappointing result for the Reggae Boyz and puts an immense amount of pressure on them to get a result away in Haiti next week. The Jamaica Gleaner notes that Donaldson was unlucky with a chance to get one back in the second half as Jamaica piled forward but they were unable to breach the Panamanian defence.

Jamaica now face a Haiti side on Tuesday night that went down 1-0 to Costa Rica as they battle for one of the top two slots to advance to the fifth round of qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

Highlights are available in the video below. Be warned if your volume is up loud, the commentator celebrates the goals…

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22 Responses to “Donaldson Debut”

  • Alan Carruthers says:

    I watched most of the game, not exactly the highest standard of football. Shame that Clayton’s introduction was met by a chorus of boo’s from the crowd, though think this was more to do with the popularity of the guy who was substituted.

  • Waycoolblue says:

    The vid as some mad commentary. LOL

  • roger says:

    was listening to “in Havana by Kenny Vance and Ismael Miranda” spotless!

  • Dave Mann says:

    Ah well never mind , Donaldson coming of the bench , not use to that is he .. And booing as well .. He will look forward to coming back to a club that appreciate him . Kro

  • steve says:

    Tossers. How can you boo a player coming on to represent your country? Retire from international football Clayts and concentrate on a club that appreciates what you bring to the team.

  • swissjonny says:

    Lets just pray he doesnt get injured.Clearly its an honour to play for your country but if anyone needed and deserved a rest it was Clayton.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I agree. But you can’t blame the guy.. at his age, an international cap or two would be nice to add to his collection.

  • Dave Mann says:

    It’s great for Donaldson that his country recognises what he’s doing for his club that he gets an international cap .. A proud man and a proud club like us would not stop him or anyone playing for there country .. It’s amazing how you feel physically when you’ve come of a 5-2 win and scored and then play for your country .. A break is welcome but clayton as been buzzing for the last week and he just wants to play at his age .. There’s been three international breaks already so players shouldn’t be tired at this stage .. But ofcourse we don’t want him injured so let’s hope he comes back fit and fine for charlton but let’s start the Brock next Saturday and bring clayton of the bench if we need him …. …….Bet he don’t get booed !! Kro

  • Dave Mann says:

    Mirkwood55, excuse my ignorance but what point are you making .. 31 is young in life terms but not football terms .. Explain!!! Kro

    • Mitchell says:

      Not worth debating Dave. I know what you mean about Don.as with most commenters. Milk wood see’s a bit different -not worth debating. Look forward to Charlton and VSO second half cameo!

  • Dave Mann says:

    I think you right Mitchell , anyway looking forward to Blues games again now more so than a year ago .. Carlton will put 10 men behind the ball and come for a draw I would imagine so we’re gonna have to come out the blocks and break them down because an early goal will bring them out then we can pick them off like we did Fulham , well that’s the plan I would say but play like we did at Fulham and its three more points but at home we’ve got to play with more freedom , it will be difficult because Fulham played in to our hands , charlton will be tight and compact but an early goal will make all the difference , roll on Saturday then Brighton awaits :-) kro

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Reading between the lines, it seems like Rowett and the boys are working on a way to open up teams who park the bus at St Andrews.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Under Lee Clark teams came to St Andrews expecting to win and most times they did .. If only teams would come with that espansive attitude now we would bury them but that just shows how far we’ve come under Gary Rowett , teams are happy with a point now and I suppose that’s something that our manager as you said staffs is hopefully working on … As we’ve said before if we start picking up wins at home then the playoffs are a certainty in my opinion . Kro

  • swissjonny says:

    It would be wonderful if we could pick up a couple of gems during January who may give us different options and have not been seen before in the Royal Blue.Injuries to key players is one reason I would like to see some new blood-only if its right of course-but if a couple of lads who really could allow us to change things at home were found then even I the worlds greatest pessimist may get off the fence and start talking about the play offs.

  • Mitchell says:

    Just get that feeling GR ready to pounce next few days with a couple gems.Charlton being the start of serious GR tenacity for cementing 5/6 th spot.

  • swissjonny says:

    Got to agree Mitchell.No proof,no rhyme or reason .Just a feeling.

  • Mitchell says:

    Whilst we are on the subject of The Don- I feel it worth a shout for Lee Clark. Although not a great fan of his,I feel his signing were good and if ever there was a man who tried so hard it was Lee. Whenever I see him now being turned down for a number of lower division jobs which is sad-I cannot help seeing his whole body in genuine joyous rapture-like the rest of us at the Reabok Stadium and feel a little sadness. Whatever his shortcomings -he was one of us 100% and suffered with us. He just couldn’t plan tactically as opposed to GR. Lee has left a legacy but not a success as a past manager.

    • Hillfield Blues says:

      Agree Mitchell,Although he didn’t cut it much as our manager he was very unfortunate to be in charge when the club was going through some of its darkest days off the pitch.

  • Tony says:

    Mitchell the man was a a complete disaster in every way he is not worthy of your sympathy, he keeps getting turned down for a reason namely that he’s useless.
    When a manager signs as many players as he did the law of averages say a fraction will be satisfactory. As for that disgusting spectacle at Bolton those were tears of relief for his own skin that’s all.
    For the last couple of years I have been saying he should never be allowed to work in Football again lets not forget his idea of a balanced team was 5 right footers and 5 left. he has left me with nightmares.

    • Hillfield Blues says:

      Tony,you seem to always get worked up over the sheer mention of his name.Blaming him lock,stock and barrel for our situation at the time just isn’t fair or justified.He did have a genuine passion for the club and his signings were excellent given the budget he had.


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