“Credit to everyone for putting in a good shift,” Stephen Hart said about the performance of the senior team players in Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw with the United States in 2018 World Cup qualifying action.
Hart continued his praise of the team but warned that still nothing has been achieved as T&T must now look to take care of St Vincent/Grenadines away on March 25th and then at home on March 29th next year.
“All the players did their part and the fans were a wonderful twelfth man. When you consider that we flew back here after almost ten hours after reaching the airport in Guatemala on Saturday morning, and then have to get the sessions and prepare sufficient for such a big game, you really must give credit to the boys for their efforts,” Hart said.
“We are growing and maturing more and more. That’s all part of becoming a unit and we’re going to continue striving towards that and getting to being the team that I think we are strongly capable of.”
“Our backline was solid, the midfielders were compact and did their job and of course our front runners were penetrative and caused a lot of problems for the opponent. Kenwyne worked very hard and I was pleased with his efforts. Generally I can’t say there was anything more I could have asked for from the players. But of course we would have loved to be sitting on six points heading into next year and we’ll just have to keep plugging away towards qualifying for the next stage,” Hart concluded.
The T&T team, inclusive of home-based players and other overseas-based players who will not be active during the period, will assemble for a training camp shortly after the Christmas break in preparation for the Copa America qualification playoff against Haiti in Panama City on January 8th.