Jamaica fans react to Derby's Simon Dawkins' performance against Haiti

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Derby County midfielder Simon Dawkins earned rave reviews as he helped Jamaica into the Caribbean Cup final

Simon Dawkins was on target once again for Jamaica as he helped them reach the Caribbean Cup final where they will face Trinidad and Tobago. 

The 26-year-old scored the first goal as Jamaica comfortably dismantled a well-driven Haiti side to win by two goals to nil. It was the former Tottenham midfielder's eighth cap and second goal for the Reggae Boyz as he continues to build upon his thriving reputation on the international stage. 

At club level, Dawkins has been battling it out with Northern Ireland international Jamie Ward, England Under-20 international Jordon Ibe and Scotland international Johnny Russell for a place in the Derby County starting XI. However, despite the competition, he has earned eight Championship starts, scoring two goals, and was also the key man in helping Derby reach the League Cup quarter-finals where they host Chelsea next month. 

The 26-year-old winger, who was used more centrally for Jamaica in their match with Haiti, obviously took his club form and confidence on to the international stage where he earned rave reviews from supporters.  

On their fans forum -  www.reggaeboyz.com - in the Jamaica and Haiti matchday thread, the supporters lauded the Derby County man for his impact in the game, with one supporter labelling him 'the real deal'. 

Here is some of the fan reaction:

''How can anyone say Dawkins is not a creative Midfielder!

The ball stick to his feet like glue.''

''Dawkins looks like the real deal.''

''Dawkins a real baller. First time him put on a JA jersey him talent was apparent.''

''Whoever said Dawkins would be a different player in the middle with some better players around him, I stand corrected, you were right. He is showing vision and awareness that I havent seen from him before. A creator is only as creative as the runners around him allow him to be and McAnuff and Mattocks are allowing him to look the part, very impressed. I will always say when I am wrong.''

''Dawkins was more present in the game and has more positive touches''

''Dawkins: Had his best game of the tournament, and he was great against Antigua too. Like Jobi, he's living proof of the importance of recruiting: Dawkins spent a few years wishing and hoping to rep us, and who knows where we could be had he joined up in 2010 in stead of 2014. That's a lot of quality we missed out on. We need to find more players like this in the diaspora and bring them in early.'' 

Jamaica will get the chance to win the cup on Wednesday when they face rivals Trinidad and Tobago in the final after both sides topped their respective groups with seven points each. 

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