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T&T vs Mexico (08-Sept-2004).
Wed Sep 8, 2004 20:35
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No ease up from the Mexicans.
Issued By: Shaun Fuentes, TTFF Press Officer.


Trinidad and Tobago succumbed to two easy first half goals to eventually fall 3-1 to giants Mexico in Wednesday’s CONCACAF 2006 semifinal round World Cup qualifier before a partisan crowd at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
A double by prolific goalscorer Jesus Arellano and one from Jared Borgetti gave the Mexicans their first win of the round while Stern John pulled one back for T&T minutes before the interval.
Playing their first major match of the campaign at home, the “Soca Warriors” got a massive turn out after the country escaped the wrath of hurricane Ivan but they were stunned on 28 seconds when a slip up by defender Marvin Andrews allowed Arellano to latch on to the ball on the left side and he grasped the gift by sending his shot wide of a diving Kelvin Jack into the far corner for the opening item.
It was the worse possible start for skipper Angus Eve and his men and they then took a while to settle as the Mexicans doubled their advantage when another defensive lapse allowed Luiz Perez’s well drifted ball to fall for Borgetti and he got it over a hopeless Jack who appeared to react slow off his line.
Before that, John held off two defenders before trying to find Errol McFarlane but goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez intercepted. T&T didn’t lie down and were getting their act together as the fans applauded good passing and challenging but it occurred only in spurts.
On 18 minutes Jack pushed away a shot from Jose Salvador as Antonio Naelson, Borgetti and Arellano were combining excellently in T&T’s half. Defender Brent Sancho was a workhorse throughout and he had to depend on the support of Andrews, Dennis Lawrence, Kenwyne Jones and Marlon Rojas to avoid the Mexicans from pulling away with a sizeable advantage.
Just before the 20 minute mark, Rahim and Dwarika combined nicely on the right with Rahim’s cross finding McFarlane inside the box but he was unable to get a proper shot off to trouble Sanchez.
Soon after Jack saved Arellano’s effort, Rahim had T&T’s best try on the half hour mark as his low effort was deflected inches wide of the right post.
T&T got back into the fight when McFarlane was fouled on the right corner of the box and Eve sent a well taken kick into the six yard for John to powerfully head home for a 2-1 scoreline. The crowd went wild as John raised his hands in a call for them to fill the stadium with their voices. That certainly spurred on T&T and a quick give and go between Rojas and Rahim saw the latter cut in from the left flank but his ball was easily taken by the ‘keeper. John then held one up for the onrushing Dwarika to run onto on the edge of the area but his shot was blocked.
The second half started with T&T looking much more purposeful than they had started the first and a run down the left to the touchline by John almost had the Mexicans in trouble as Rahim got involved but Dwarika couldn’t get on the end of the play as the visitors cleared to safety.
On 55 minutes, Rojas found John on the left of the box once more and he moved in near the line before seeing his shot blocked.
Mexico continued to play confidently though and looked dangerous each time they went on the attack but Sancho and company kept them at bay. Andrews ran in and up to challenge Borgetti for a ball resulting in a clash of heads forcing both men to leave the action for treatment. Andrews later received three stitches for a cut to the forehead.
Dwarika, who showed glimpses of his dribbling ability, and Eve both seemed to run out of gas as the half progressed. Jones and Rahim then made way for Andre Boucaud and Cornell Glen while forward Jason Scotland also got a late run but Mexico sealed the three points in the 80th minute when Arellano sprung to life as he ran past three defenders who failed to put a tackle in and clinically shot low into the right corner to leave it at a 3-1 victory in favour of the Mexicans.

Teams:

Trinidad & Tobago:
1.Kelvin Jack, 2.Marlon Rojas, 4.Marvin Andrews, 5.Brent Sancho, 16.Dennis Lawrence, 19.Kenwyne Jones (7.Andre Boucaud 61st), 8.Angus Eve (capt), 9.Arnold Dwarika, 11.Brent Rahim (13.Cornell Glen 73rd), 14.Stern John, 15.Errol McFarlane (10.Jason Scotland 85th).

Mexico:
Oswaldo Sanchez (capt), Salvador Carmona, Francisco Javier Rodriguez, Hugo Sanchez, Carlos Salcido (Gonzalo Pineda 73rd), Mario Perez, Pavel Prado, Luis Ernesto Perez, Antonio Naelson (Hector Altamarino 83rd), Jesus Arellano, Jared Borgetti.

Final Score:
T&T 1 (Stern John 40th) v Mexico 3 (Jesus Arellano 1st, 80th, Jared Borgetti 21st).

Game Type:
2006 World Cup Qualifier.

Venue:
Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.

Crowd:
20,000.

Other CONCACAF Results:
El Salvador 0 v Jamaica 3 (Marlon King 3rd, 37th, Micah Hyde 39th).
Panama 1 (Roberto Brown 71st) v USA 1 (Cobi Jones 90th).
Costa Rica 1 (Paulo Wanchope 46th) v 0 Canada.
Honduras 2 (Amado Guevara 50th, David Suazo 63rd) v 2 Guatemala (Carlos Ruiz 18th, Dwight Pezzarossi 49th).
St Vincent/Grenadines 1 (Rodney Jack 30th) v St Kitts/Nevis 0.
Outplayed and Outclassed.
Patriot Up-Close.


These two words effectively capture what I witnessed yesterday! Mexico displayed technical superiority and showed what clinical finishing is all about! What THEY showed for a full 90 minutes, we (T&T) could only muster in spurts. In short when we looked good, we played some DAMN GOOD FOOTBALL, BUT when we played poorly, WE LOOKED COMPLETELY OUT OF OUR DEPTH !!!
Two errors made by our two “Twin Towers” made for a 2-0 deficit after 20 minutes. That Marvin Andrews’s miss-timed clearance occurred after just 28 SECONDS into the game, would surely have affected the team. We struggled to assert ourselves for almost the entire first half. When Dennis Lawrence completely missed the interception of a long ball out from Mexico’s back line, heads started to bow down even further! However there WERE some positives. One man who I MUST mention is Brent Sancho. This young man GAVE HIS ALL!!! He seemed to be the ONLY defender who showed up physically AND psychologically prepared for a battle with Mexico !!!
In midfield, for the person(s) who like “pretty football”, ie a dribble here., a spanner there, they must have been in their glee, as Dwarika displayed these time and again. Unfortunately, what we needed from him in THIS game was LESS guile and MORE work rate. INTERESTINGLY HE RECOGNIZED THIS, SOMETIME TOWARDS THE MIDDLE OF THE 2ND HALF…TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE !
Up front, McFarlane was a work-horse, winning most air balls, but found it difficult to make space to shot, and never took any shots from outside. Stern MUST have been spoken to about his “Post-up” approach as he too showed more urgency in the 2nd half.
Overall, our team fitness continues to be a problem. We were clearly out of steam by the time the 3rd goal scored! WHY? Aren’t the majority of these guys playing professionally abroad? How come fitness levels appear to be lacking??? Stern I could understand, as he is NOT match fit, but what about the others?
There you have it folks. The writing is on the wall. If we aspire to compete WITH the best, then we must RAPIDLY put our house in order. To do otherwise, will mean 2005 will surely end in disappointment! On the bright side, we DO have the time AND I believe the personnel !

P.S. TO THE PERSONS WITH THE BANNER THAT READ Russell Latapy T&T wants you back” in the grounds, DO YOU HONESTLY BELIEVE THAT WHAT HE COULD NOT DO IN HIS PRIME, HE CAN DO NOW IN THE TWILIGHT OF HIS CAREER??? GET OVER THE TABANCA !!!

Player Ratings:-

Kelvin Jack - 6.
Uninspiring performance, I can only guess that Ince lacks match practice since being demoted at Crewe. While I must admit to an “Anti-Jack” bias having seen him commit many a blunder throughout his career. I see an accident waiting to happen if we continue with HIM in goal.

Dennis Lawrence - 7.
Besides his ONE VERY costly error, Tallman actually recovered and made some forays outside, supporting the attack, as well as one EXTREMELY well-timed foul :}

Marvin Andrews - 5.
Probably his worst game EVER for T&T. Unlike Dennis, he NEVER recovered from his early mistake, he missed headers, miss-timed tackles and looked VERY clumsy. A most UN-Dawg-like performance. Problem MUST have been mental, because he SEEMED physically fit.

Brent Sancho - 8.
T&T’s BEST player on the night!!! My man of the match!!! Won headers, well-timed tackles, excellent reading of the play. A TRUE-TRUE WARRIOR !!!

Marlon Rojas - 6.5.
Was competent, but NOT exceptional. Played MORE as a left-winger and less a left-back, but needs to work on varying his crosses.

Kenwyne Jones - 6.5.
Showed good composure on the ball, but lacked creativity. Is growing in confidence though, but he too needs to work on his crossing ability.

Arnold Dwarika - 6.
Showed plenty flair, but “Flam” does NOT win matches, goals do! If he wants to entertain thousands, he should join the circus. He only showed GLIMPSES of “The Arnold” of old, but his one shot on goal lacked power of any kind.

Brent Rahim - 6.5.
Plenty effort, worked hard until he ran out of steam. Lacks creativity, but played excellently on the wing, provided some of our best crosses !

Angus Eve - 6.
Had a relatively quiet game, again, TOO predictable, lacks creativity.

Stern John - 7.
Started off tamely, but began to show more urgency as the match went on. Scored our only goal, gave it all he had, but had little service.

Errol McFarlane - 6.5.
Always worked hard, but needs to SHOOT more, especially ONE TIME. At this level, defenders will NOT give you time to create space to shoot…except maybe SVG :}

Cornell Glen - 6.
Made little impact off the bench.

Andre Boucaud - 7.5.
Showed class and composure! Worked hard and is definitely one for the future! Needs exposure and more playing time. Hope he plays in EVERY warm-up/friendly and the new Caribbean Digicel Cup starting in November…AND remains injury-free !

Jason Scotland - 5.5.
Did NOT impress, but in fairness to him, it’s pretty hard to make an impact in a game of THIS nature in just 10 minutes. I still think Scott Sealy is the better option here !

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