|‘Warriors’ aim to rebound |
Tuesday, October 11 2011
TRINIDAD AND Tobago will be seeking to redeem themselves from Friday’s 2-1 defeat away to Bermuda when they host Barbados today in their Group “B” 2014 FIFA World Cup CONCACAF Zone Second Round meeting.
This match is scheduled to kick off at 5 pm.
With the loss, Trinidad and Tobago remain on six points, after three matches, three points adrift of leaders Guyana who will be meeting Bermuda today.
Barbados are rooted at the bottom of the standings with no points from their three matches, following respective 2-0 defeats.
Ranked 147th in the latest FIFA ratings, the Bajans will be captained by Emmerson Boyce, an English-born defender who plays for English Premier League outfit Wigan.
He is the only player in this game who currently play in the Premiership, as Stoke City’s striker Kenwyne Jones will again miss the game for Trinidad and Tobago with a hamstring injury.
Ex-Premier League striker Stern John will don the captain’s armband in Jones’ absence, but he only lasted an hour in Friday’s game, and it is debatable if “Warriors” coach Otto Pfister will use Devorn Jorsling as John’s partner in attack, or stick to Friday’s strategy of using the 34-year-old as the lone target-man.
In a recent interview, John noted, “I know the fans and critics, as well as the many people who call themselves football experts, will be having a go at us because it is hard to accept a loss to Bermuda when we are looking to compete with the likes of Mexico and Costa Rica next year. But this is football and we have to come back better and this begins with a win over Barbados.”
He continued, “It’s not over the top for us. It’s a massive game for us but every game in a World Cup qualifying campaign is just as important as the next one. I think we have the capabilities to advance in the tournament and once we play well then I see us getting the results. Pressure is a normal occurrence but obviously we can’t put pressure on ourselves by thinking this could be the end of the road if we don’t get a result. Once we believe then our execution becomes easier out on the pitch.”
Meanwhile, winger Carlos Edwards despite not being available for the match is hoping that his teammates can get the job done.
“I’ll be following the game obviously. I’m not there but I believe in the boys and it’s a chance for them to really step up and deliver for the coach and the fans. They must be willing to give their all and show what they are capable of. I’m not worried at this stage but obviously I want them to do well and I’m hoping for a good showing,” said Edwards.
Barbados striker Lewis Moss is confident that they can defeat the “Soca Warriors” with their loss to Bermuda giving the visitors added confidence.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: Marvin Phillip, Jan-Michael Williams (goalkeepers); Seon Power, Mekeil Williams, Akeem Adams, Radanfah Abu Bakr, Osei Telesford, Julius James (defenders); Kevaughn Connell, Hughtun Hector, Clyde Leon, Kendall Jagdeosingh, Andrei Pacheco, Khaleem Hyland, Lester Peltier, Hayden Tinto, Keon Daniel, Kevin Molino (midfielders); Stern John (capt), Devorn Jorsling (strikers); Otto Pfister (coach).
BARBADOS: Jason Boxill, Emmerson Boyce (capt), Johnathan Straker, Barry Skeete, Diquan Adamson, Norman Forde, Reinaldo Marques, Rommel Burgess, Tristan Parris, Neil Harvey, Ramuel Miller, Kyle Gibson, Dwayne Griffith, Sheridan Grosvenor, John Parris, Louis Moss, Carl Joseph, Bentley Springer; Colin Forde (coach).