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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, June 6, 2014
T&T head coach Stephen Hart, far from
happy with the result after going down 3-0 to
Argentina at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos
Aires on Wednesday, said there were some pos-
itive signs from the Soca Warriors.
Goals by Rodrigo Palacio, Javier Mascherano
and Maxi Rodriguez led the home side to the
win before a partisan crowd of 45,000 plus fans
which included just over 100 fans from T&T who
made their presence felt as the sounds of iron
and tassa echoed throughout the River Plate
venue from the section behind the T&T goal in
the first half.
Hart noted that in spite of the loss, T&T was
able to maintain its shape for large parts of the
match. "I think there was a definite difference
in the quality of the two teams. But certainly
there were some aspects of our game that showed
some positive signs and there are some things
we can take from this game," Hart said.
"The speed by which Argentina did everything,
not just in how they possessed the ball and how
they took advantage of our errors but the speed
in which they forced us to play. They forced us
into making a lot of errors. Quite frankly the ball
was another opponent tonight as we were unable
to possess it as we should."
Hart said it was important for T&T s foot-
ballers, at very level to play teams of Argentina s
quality since they force their opponents to con-
centrate for the full game, while the intensity at
which they did things created a faster playing
environment. "I told the players that we kept
our shape well. We didn t make it easy for Argenti-
na. That is something I was pleased with. But
when we won the ball we did not possess it well
and mount any serious attacks. We can do better
than that. We conceded two goals sloppily. We
should have attacked the ball for the first goal.
The second one was a well-played free kick and
there was not much you can do about that."
Hart said he would have liked to see his team
put Argentina under more pressure with better
ball possession and move the ball shorter and
quicker. "We were not able to do that and that s
because of the quality of Argentina. When they
got possession they knew how to slow the game
down and then speed the play up and what was
really impressive was their counter attack and
T&T left for Sao Paolo last night and will arrive
in Sao Paolo today for Sunday s match against
Iran at the Corinthians Training Facility.
Iran arrived in Brazil on Tuesday.
BRIDGETOWN---Patience will be the key if West
Indies are to trounce New Zealand in the upcoming
three-Test series, says stroke-maker Marlon Samuels.
The elegant right-hander believes that with Caribbean
pitches having become low and slow, batsmen will
have to spend time grafting as there will be no easy
He said the Windies bowlers would also have to be
patient in order to reap success.
"The pitches in the Caribbean are a bit on the slow
side so it [will depend on] who can occupy the crease
the longest and win more sessions," Samuels said.
"Patience will be the most important thing for this
series for the batsmen and bowlers. [You will have to]
bowl in good areas and be patient in every way that
is possible to win, because it is going to be a tough
"These pitches get flat sometimes and they are still
on the slow side so whosoever is more patient will
come out on top."
Samuels is part of the 13-man West Indies squad
that face the Kiwis in the first Test starting on Sunday
at Sabina Park in Kingston. His last Test outing before
his home crowd in Jamaica came against New Zealand
two years ago when he plundered 123 and 52 as West
Indies scored an emphatic five-wicket victory to make
a clean sweep of the two-match series.
Samuels was not as prolific, however, on the
Caribbean side s return tour to New Zealand last Decem-
ber, managing just 117 runs from six innings.
The 33-year-old has suffered a few injury setbacks
but says the recent two-week camp here helped to
improve his fitness.
"There s been a lot of running in the camp, a lot
of fitness work and stuff like that," Samuels explained.
"For me, it helps a lot because right now I ve been
through quite a few injuries so it s for me to get my
fitness up where I really want it to be and I guess I m
getting there ... so it s for me to continue to work as
hard as possible."
He said a plus during the camp was getting the
chance to speak to West Indies legends, Sir Garry
Sobers and Sir Vivian Richards. Sir Garry worked with
the team as a consultant while Sir Viv was attached
to the High Performance Centre in a similar role.
T&T s Calypso Rugby Warriors head to Guyana
today to tackle the home team in a second round
of the North America Caribbean Rugby Association
(NACRA) Regional Championship for the South
Both teams have already completed victories over
Barbados (Guyana 48-19; T&T 34-5).
The match will be played tomorrow at the Guyana
National Park in Georgetown.
The Calypso Rugby Warriors last year defeated the
Guyanese 20-0 at the UWI SPEC, St. Augustine
grounds to be crowned the South Caribbean cham-
Argentina's Angel Di Maria, top, jumps over T&T's Jan Michael Williams, bottom, during their
international friendly soccer match in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday. AP PHOTO
National tennis player
Vaughn Wilson led team T&T
to its first win of the Group III
Americas Davis Cup on
Wednesday at the Palmas Ath-
letic Club Humacao, Puerto
Rico, but T&T lost its third
series and cannot qualify for
the next stage.
T&T is competing in pool B
alongside Puerto Rico, Costa
Rica, Bermuda and Jamaica.
Bahamas, Honduras, Panama
and Cuba are in pool A. The
first and second place finishers
in each pool will advance to the
next stage of Group III qualify-
ing. The remaining four teams
will then aim to finish in the top
two to compete in the Americas
Zone Group II next year.
On Wednesday, T&T lost its
third series in as many matches,
going down 1-2 to Jamaica and
now has no chance of finishing
in the top two in pool B. Daniel
Harris got the Jamaicans off to
a positive start, defeating Akiel
Duke of T&T 6-4, 6-1.
Wilson then squared the
series 1-1, defeating Dominic
Pagon 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. In the
deciding match, Pagon and
Brandon Burke teamed up to
beat Duke and Wilson in straight
sets 7-5, 6-3 in a doubles match.
T&T was carded to face Puer-
to Rico yesterday in its final
at Davis Cup
patience key to
off to Guyana
High Performance Centre drew
with Bangladesh A on the final
day of their second and final
four-day "Test" at Kensington
Set 490 for victory,
Bangladesh A finished on 242
for nine with Imrul Kayes hitting
a defiant 112.
WI HPC 354 (Leon Johnson
74, Jonathan Carter 54,
Jermaine Blackwood 45, Carlos
Brathwaite 42, Sheldon Cottrell
42, Sunil Ambris 34; Shuvagoto
Hom 2-44, Muktar Ali 2-48) and
354 for five decl. (Jermaine
Blackwood 147, Assad Fudadin
89, Leon Johnson 63; Nassir
BANGLADESH A 219 (Nassir
Hossain 53, Marshall Ayub 41,
Nurul Hasan 36; Sheldon
Cottrell 3-30, Devendra Bishoo
3-57) and 242 for nine (Imrul
Kayes 112, Shuvogoto Hom 39;
Sheldon Cottrell 4-51, Miguel
Cummins 2-49) CMC
Trizine Mc Clean, Agboola Silverthorn, Felician
Guerra (vice captain), Andre Cabera, Mark
Griffith, Al-Hakiymu Stewart, Kereem Figaro,
Christopher Hudson, Andrew Crooks, John Hill,
Gordon Dalgliesh, Ernest Wright, Kurt Quashie,
Andrew Akel Welsh, Adam Frederick (captain),
Jamal Clark, Justin Mac Clean, Aaron Rocke, Don
Rojas, Garvin Toussaint, Darrel Scott, Anton
Celestine, Wayne Kelly. Carlton Felix (coach)
Willet Pantor (manager)
Coach positive despite loss to Argentina
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