Reggae Boyz midfielder Jobi McAnuff said his team missed a grand opportunity to capitalise on a good performance against Costa Rica, one of the top teams in the region and go top of their Group in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.
The Reggae Boyz outplayed Costa Rica in the first half but had to settle for a 1-1 draw as they prepare to depart for the return leg on Tuesday.
Despite the commanding performance, Jamaica paid for their profligacy in front of goal.
Costa Rica found an equaliser in the 67th minute to salvage a draw from a match they should have lost.
A frustrated Jobi McAnuff, himself guilty of missing a couple of opportunities to score before and after Jevaughn Watson had put Jamaica up 1-0 in the 16th minute, said his team dropped the ball by not capitalising on a dominant first half.
In the eighth minute McAnuff should have put Jamaica ahead during a period of play when the visitors were hemmed in to their own half by constant pressure from the home team, who exhibited a lot of creativity in the final third, but wasted a number of chances. He skied a volley from eight yards that would have given Jamaica a deserved lead. He said he made the mistake of going for power over trying to place the ball into the net.
Jamaica relinquished their advantage in the second half. The organisation that was evident in the first half was replaced by scrappy play, lacking the cohesion and the inter-play that caused the home crowd to stand in applause when the whistle sounded at the interval.
The sloppy play eventually gifted the Costa Ricans an equaliser when Andre Blake parried a Joel Campbell shot into the path of an unmarked Johnny Acosta, who tapped in from close range.
McAnuff, who was visibly annoyed at some of what he called negativity coming from the media, said however, there are many positives coming out of the game and they will focus on those things in time for the next encounter on Tuesday.
He said the team will build on the good play in the first half which he said will give confidence.