Fenwick: Marcano, Oliver can help Warriors
By STEPHON NICHOLAS Wednesday, October 23 2013
CENTRAL FC coach, Terry Fenwick, is adamant that three of his more senior players can make a positive impact on the national team.
Speaking with Newsday yesterday, Fenwick identified his club captain Jason Marcano, 38-year-old midfielder Marvin Oliver and goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams as having roles to play to help in the resurgence of the Soca Warriors.
Williams got the gloves in Trinidad and Tobago’s last international friendly against new Zealand on October 15, but Marcano has fallen out of favour while Oliver has been in the wilderness.
The Central FC coach was speaking just a few days after his team defeated Defence Force 2-1 to win the First Citizens Cup in a keenly contested final at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.
In a game where Central FC had to come from a goal down, Williams was in sensational form in goal to keep the charging ‘Army” at bay. Oliver, wearing the captain arm-band instead of the suspended Marcano, helped Central settle into the game in his usual languid, but skilful style of play.
“I am a big believer that Marvin would have a positive impact on the national team even if not for 90 minutes. He has the ability to calm a game and slow the tempo if needed,” the former England defender explained.
“Jan-Michael has been outstanding for us and the national team. Marcano to me has been one of the most unlucky players in Trinidad. He’s been playing very well for quite some time and doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. (Kenwyne) Jones needs service (in the national team) in terms of crosses into the box and that is what Marcano can provide,” he continued.
Commenting on the First Citizens final and the tactics employed, the Central FC coach elaborated on the changes he had to make after his team went down 1-0 after ten minutes.
“I thought for 30 minutes they (Defence Force) dominated and could have scored two or three. We have a lot of young guys and they seemed a bit overawed by the occasion. We changed tactics and then began to find our feet...We started 3-5-2, but reverted to a 4-5-1 (defensive)/4-3-3 (attacking) that stopped the supply of balls to their attackers. It simplified the game for us and gave the team time to settle,” he explained.
The sometime fiery coach acknowledged that Central FC, in just their second season in the top flight, are keen to play in the prestigious CONCACAF Champions league but they aren’t looking too far ahead just yet.
“We need to keep focus one step at a time. We have a lot of youngsters and we want to keep their feet firmly on the ground. I ensure there aren’t any ‘sweat’ in our sessions and we always have a theme so there is always something to be learnt,” he concluded.