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US-based defender Aubrey David described Tuesday’s World Cup qualifying encounter as a miserable but character building experience.

David played in T&T’s two opening games including the 2-0 loss to Costa Rica in which his Saprissa teammate Rodrigo Calvo left the field with an ankle injury.

But Tuesday’s defeat was far from pleasing  for the Dallas FC player.

“It was by far one of the more disappointing feelings for us. We had a lot of hopes heading into the match.Coach prepared us for it. He told us what to expect but we didn’t start well. We were a but shaken up when Jan got injured because were not prepared for something like that,” David said.

“But we came out in the second half following coach’s advice and we got into the game. We got the equalizer but they proved to be too strong on the evening for us. We will know better from here. There were a lot of things evident from this such as us needing to start stronger and try to take charge of the game. We need to keep our heads up in bad moments and try to get back into the game without allowing it to slip away from us,” he added.

“I always believe that God has his plans for us and through him everything is possible. I have faith and belief that he will take us out of this bad patch. It is important that all of us believe in him and believe in our ability as a team to rise again.

“We all have bad moments, we may not always play our best games but we can improve with a lot more belief and fight in our game. I am not fearful of the opposition going into the next set of matches,” David said.

David returned to Dallas on Wednesday while the rest of the T&T contingent arrived in Port of Spain on Thursday and will now prepare for the Concacaf Gold Cup playoffs with Suriname and Haiti to be played in early January in Trinidad.

T&T will face Suriname on January 4th followed by a clash between Haiti and Suriname on January 6th. T&T will play the final match of the playoffs against Haiti on January 8th. Season Pass holders will have free access to these matches. Get your TTFA/NLCB Season Pass at all First Citizen’s Bank branches today.