It is a fight to the finish on Tuesday night for the Trinidad and Tobago men’s national football team.
They must win their away match to Honduras as second round matches in the final CONCACAF World Cup Group are being staged.
Both Trinidad and Tobago and Honduras lost their first match and they will be looking to rebound on Tuesday night. What is worse for Honduras, they lost 1-0 at home to Panama, and they are again at home to Stephen Hart boys.
The United States who lost for the first time to Mexico in Ohio travels to Costa Rica who won their opening game against T&T, 2-0.
The match will be played at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula. The match will get underway at 6.05 pm (T&T time).
Local leading goal scorer, Stern John, said “I really look at Honduras as a three-pointer for us. I think going there gives us a chance to get a result.
We will get more chances. We can play a bit quicker and with a bit more drive. We don’t want to be panicking and in fact, we don’t need to be in a panic mode. I don’t think we need to play too defensive but we also don’t want to be more open.”
He added, “We need to see more guys breaking their necks and busting their tails to get into the box. We need more players making runs past Kenwyne (Jones) around the box. The Costa Ricans were passing and moving while we were just passing without much movement. We need to make unselfish runs and work for each other. But for me, I think this can be a three-pointer for us.”
John added, “the Hondurans will be under pressure after the loss to Panama so their fans will be on their backs early. I think if we can take the sting out of the game, and get their fans out of it, we can go on to get the victory.”
Hart, the T&T coach, acknowledged that his charges will have to improve in their attacking plays in order to emerge victorious in today’s match.
“We know very well that we need to improve in the attacking third,” he said.
“How we combine our movement off the ball needs to be a lot more dynamic and we will have to close down Honduras effectively.
Not just close them down but try to win the ball in crucial areas of the pitch and try to get on top of them because that is what they are going to try to do to us in the opening minutes.” Hart continued, “they (Honduras) are very dynamic, lots of hard running, hard tackling. They just put you under pressure all the time and we have to try and counter that by playing quicker, playing deeper and doing the same to them.
It’s just a matter of the mindset and the attitude towards doing what needs to be done.”