Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 21st 2015 Contents A50
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Nicaragua came to the Hasely Crawford Stadium
for the first time with the expectation of getting
some experience playing against a Caribbean styled
national team, similar to Jamaica who defeated
them in a close home and away encounter which
booted them from the World Cup Russia tourna-
The Warriors engaged them with the expectation
of benefiting from a developing Central American
style, knowing that they have to face Guatemala
within the next month on their path to the second
round of the World Cup.
To the fan, the match was attended with enthusiasm
following the victorious result against Panama last
What we saw was two teams approaching cautiously
and ensuring that they used the midfield possession
game in order to understand their opponent s method
of defense. The early results showed that the penalty
areas were not utilized in the way that progressive
teams will want. The Warriors were attempting to
pressure the Nicaraguans into error around their own
goal, and very nearly achieved their "goal", except for
shoddy attempts at finishing.
The pint sized Central Americans were seen hur-
rying their decisions while the Warriors went in search
of an early goal. They did not have to worry too much
as the job of finishing by Kenwyne Jones and his
attackers was well short of creativity and clinical
accuracy in the final moments of their attacks.
The visitors settled down mainly through their
ultimate desire to play their game base upon cohe-
siveness. Players were not caught in possession, while
the probably recipients of a pass showed themselves
in convenient spaces vacant enough to allow them
to create positive passing options.
They realized that the strongest area in the Warrior s
team was defense. All four defenders have the ability
to be aerially strong, tough tacklers and can carry
the ball intelligently forward.
Daniel Cyrus and Aubrey David moved down the
flanks with speed and good foot skill, features which
forced the opponents to consolidate and whenever
possible guide the attackers towards the restricted
space near the touchlines.
Sometimes, the Warriors attack offered space on
the flanks for Juan Perez and Oscar Lopez, vacant
because the defenders were slow on recovering from
their forward jaunt.
On both sides, the desire to interpass the ball in
their own half of the field excessively tended to take
the expected creativity off midfielders on both sides,
leaving the fans with the hope of some attacking
opportunities. Two feeble shots at goal, one from
each side, was all that were executed in the first half,
although each team reached into the penalty areas,
without the composure and eventual aggression to
turn half chances into anything, but lose balls.
The second half saw the glitter of Joevin Jones on
the left and Trevor Caesar on the right which appeared
to be the vulnerable routes. Clearly, four byelines,
two each by Jones and Caesar, should have produced
at least one goal.
It must be mentioned that although the visitors
had greater possession marginally, the number of
unforced errors of passing by the Warriors were about
two in every five, a percentage which needs to be
reduced to even one in every five.
Shots at goal were three by the host and two by
the opponents, which created a sombre atmosphere
by the good crowd.
Theoretically, the analysts will claim that a home
team is usually considered a 2-0 winner, seeing that
the visitors are unfamiliar with the surroundings and
the crowd support which should have been guaranteed
from the sidelines.
No need to mention how much work needs to be
done during the month leading up to the Guatemala
need to score goals
qualifier away from home.
We do not have a good record when we play
in Guatemala and that should invite some
more critical training sessions in the department
of attacking effectively. The realism is that no
goals were scored in 90 minutes, a factor which
should be the primary feature of that game.
Coach Hart will have to depend on some
astute arrangements where the majority of
players are playing at separate clubs across the
globe. This may provide a good chance to get
players like Keron Cummings, Willis Plaza,
add to these names Cato and Trevin Caesar.
I know Hart does not place emphasis upon
friendlies locally, just to get his at home players
sharp and enthusiastic, but it has its degree
Remember, practice makes permanent.
cricketer and footballer
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