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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, April 1, 2016
THE PRO LOOK
Defender Sheldon Bateau was happy to set the
pace for the 6-0 victory over St Vincent and the
Grenadines on Tuesday night at the Hasely Crawford
The goal was Bateau s first on home soil for T&T
and the third of his career following his two goals at
the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Before his acrobatic
finish. He has played 22 games for T&T.
T&T was finding it hard to push themselves ahead
with Kevin Molino, Kenwyne Jones and Khaleem
Hyland going close as the visitors were contented to
keeping the score deadlocked for as long as possible.
"I couldn t ask for a better stage and platform to
score my first international goal," Bateau said. "I felt
the goal came at a good time because we needed to
break the tie at that point. If you dominate but don t
take your chances, the game can change at any moment
and the pressure was on us," added the former San
Juan Jabloteh player.
"The play that led to the goal itself was outstanding.
I saw the opportunity to go at them and once I got
it wide for Joevin I knew something would happen
and I was all too happy to run in and finish on the
"I wasn t going to sit back and blame the strikers.
I think it s a responsibility when it comes to doing
whatever it takes to get results. It shows how far I am
willing to go in order to get to Russia. As a team, we
go to all lengths and die for each other out there,"
He and his "Red Army" will need to maintain this
attitude for what is expected to be a rigorous campaign
up ahead starting with the next home game against
Guatemala on September 2 where T&T needs at least
a point to secure its spot in the final round, T&T will
close off the semi final phase against the United States
in Jacksonville, Florida on September 6.
Phillip happy to step in
Goalkeeper Marvin Phillip kept his 22nd clean sheet
in 54 international appearances for this country in
Tuesday s 6-0 victory over St Vincent and the
Phillip came into the starting team ahead of first
choice Jan Michael Williams after the Central FC cus-
todian suffered a shoulder injury while on club duty.
T&T head coach Stephen Hart knew he had a keep-
er in Phillip that he could rely on.
"We knew Marvin is very capable of holding his
own and I thought he did well in the two games. It s
always difficult for a goalkeeper who is not always
playing for the team but in this case he came and
completed the job," Hart said
Phillip has conceded 59 goals in his 54 appearances
between the sticks.
"I know I had to come in and just stay focused.
Once Jan, the first team keeper got injured, it was
a situation where the opportunity came for me to
step in and perform," Phillip said.
"We ve been the two goalkeepers for quite some
time going back to the national under 17 team and
we are both always committed to doing what is best
for the team," Phillip said.
Jomal stays patient in
Coach Stephen Hart will need to keep some extra
bottles of aspirin because of what he foresees as a
selection headache for coming matches.
T&T needs one point from its next two 2018 World
Cup Qualifying matches against Guatemala on Sep-
tember 2 and United States on September 6 in order
to advance to the final round.
And one player who will be making Hart think
about him during his selections is DirecTV W Con-
nection midfielder Jomal Williams.
The ex-Under 20 player was on the bench for the
both matches against St Vincent and the Grenadines
and Hart has applauded him for his persistence
"He s work quite hard and it s pleasing to see players
like him and some of the other players who went to
Grenada showing that kind of desire. This is good for
the squad in general and it means players do not have
the luxury of believing their spots are sure. The attitude
in camp has been tremendous and it shows how much
everyone wants to do what is right," Hart said.
As for Williams, he will wait patiently on his chance.
"It s been a great two weeks or so with the team.
I ve been learning everyday and taking in everything
that the coach has to say to me and the other players.
I know my chance will come and I intend to
keep working hard and staying fit for that time,"
"The chemistry in the team is strong and every
player wants to keep pushing each other and doing
what is best for the whole squad. I am quite happy
to be part of this whole experience," he added.
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