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We need to learn how to play at home.
« on: October 19, 2015, 06:25:34 AM »
I find we play better away that we do at home.

And we can't blame de support, because de little we get in T&T is still more than we get in foreign.

De TTFA should play more home games and get players to interact with fans.

But away games important to.

We just need to find a way hold it done and be strong at home, tight as a crapo ass.

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Re: We need to learn how to play at home.
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2015, 07:47:04 AM »
We need the 12th man at home. Daiz it. Players love a crowd to push them and that's what they deserve.
Once we get that the play will fall in line.
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Re: We need to learn how to play at home.
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2015, 07:47:21 AM »
Hats off to coach Hart...ex-players sing praises to coach, team
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)

It was undoubtedly the best start for a T&T team at a World Cup Qualifying match. An impressive 2-1 victory over Guatemala in their backyard in Guatemala City on Friday night earned the young “Soca Warriors” full three points and the confidence for their next match tomorrow against the USA at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Former national captain Clayton Morris and ex T&T players Brian Williams and Ron La Forest described the result as extraordinary and congratulated coach Stephen Hart.

La Forrest said that, for all his life playing football, Guatemala has been the most hostile of the Central American countries.

“They make noises at your hotel, they tap the bus that takes your team to matches and back and basically try to throw you off your game. And for the T&T team to win in the midst of all this was a magnificent achievement,” La Forrest said. He also expressed the view that the players have been responding nicely to coach Hart.

“In fact, the players are not playing for T&T but rather for coach Hart. I think he has a really good thing going with the players and they are really responding to him,” La Forrest noted.

Meanwhile, Morris said he cannot remember a T&T team getting a better start to a World Cup campaign.

“They were playing at a very high tempo which is not a customary thing with T&T teams. In fact, the way they were playing I told myself it was just a matter of time that we would have gotten a goal and we did.”

According to Morris the team also played with a certain level of confidence that was impressive.

“You can see them controlling the ball under pressure and making passes. In defence the defenders were also taking the ball in pressure situations and starting attacks which was great,” Morris explained.

Meanwhile, Morris warned against simple mistakes being made by the defence that he feels will be costly if the team does not work on it now. Morris, the ex T&T captain of the 1989 “Strike Squad”, which came within a point of qualifying for the 1990 World Cup in Italy, is warning that Hart’s men need to spend time working on defending as a unit.

“Individually I think we have great defenders but as a team there is some work to be done. For instance, the goal that we received; there was absolutely no marking and tracking. When the Guatemalan player got through the defence with the ball and went wide of the post, there was no one marking him. He even had the time to pick out a man to pass the ball to while the T&T defence was slow to track back and pick up players in the box,” Morris explained.

Morris, who played as a central defender for the Strike Squad, wants the Soca Warriors to not become complacent by the result but rather use it to go after the US at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in pursuit of a another victory in their second match.

Williams is calling on the T&T players to express themselves a bit more in the home game on Tuesday night at 7.36 pm.

After congratulating Hart for the win Williams made the observation that T&T teams tend to play too cagey when they are in front their own home crowd.

“We saw it against Nicaragua last month and we have had a history of doing this, but I think the time has come for us to build our confidence more when we are at home and go after opposing teams. We need to go after the US team because we will have nothing to lose,” Williams said.


The Trinidad and Tobago team is coming off a series of impressive showings, particularly a 4-4 draw with Concacaf giants Mexico and a 2-1 triumph over Panama in Panama. Williams explained that despite playing away from home on Friday night he always felt that T&T had the edge over their counterparts, as has always been the case for T&T teams.

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Re: We need to learn how to play at home.
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2015, 08:45:54 AM »
Nice article.
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Re: We need to learn how to play at home.
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2015, 11:19:54 AM »
aren't we unbeaten in the HCS as of 2009? can't say about the rest of venues, but the hasely was always a fortress for us. i think the last qualifying game we lost at the HCS was to the united states in september 2009 when clark scored a rocket from outside the box.

i believ all our big games should be played in the HCS, that's our muse if you ASK ME.

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Re: We need to learn how to play at home.
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2015, 12:55:43 PM »
aren't we unbeaten in the HCS as of 2009? can't say about the rest of venues, but the hasely was always a fortress for us. i think the last qualifying game we lost at the HCS was to the united states in september 2009 when clark scored a rocket from outside the box.

i believ all our big games should be played in the HCS, that's our muse if you ASK ME.

Actually, since 2013, we played 3 games at the HC and drew two goalless and won one.



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Re: We need to learn how to play at home.
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2015, 01:32:27 PM »
Ha, even I was telling people we unbeaten at home in years, but the reality is we play so few games at the HCS it is very misleading.
More impressive is the current unbeaten streak we are on. Confidence brings on more of the same, which is a critical thing for historic T&T teams.

As I was watching the game last Friday, the game vs El Salvador in the 2010 HEX came back to mind. We were 2-0 up very surprisingly in the very first game of the round, AWAY in Central America, then Stern miss a penalty that would have sealed it...But we know what happen after and the rest of the tournament was a disaster, its like we never recover from the let-down of that game.
This team seems to have very good mental strength - comeback vs mexico, and now winning 2 straight games in Central America, where its usually very hard for us.

On the issue of playing at home, I agree with the general observation that we need to do better, but I think this issue is rooted in out style of play.

 When we matchup against decent opposition with 11 men behind the ball, we always struggle to play against them. ALWAYS.
But give us an athletic style, running counter attack game, and we will look sometimes like we could take on the best in the region anytime.

When we play at home, opposing teams inevitably come and play in their own half and on the counter. So we struggle.
When we play away, roles are reversed and now we play to our strengths of counter-attacking.

We need to do like these teams in the Champs League - its almost like 2 separate teams depending on location. Not separate in terms of players, but be flexible and tactically good enough to play very different styles.

I suspect when we play at home, its as if the players believe they need to play a certain way, ie on the front foot. And doing that vs St Vincent is a totally different proposition than doing it vs the USA.

The other issue is the fans - Def agree we need some more of this, mainly to spur our players on more, truth be told we may have the most welcoming and non-intimidating stadium, culture and overall experience of all the top teams in the region. But same way the national team stepping up recently, the fans have to play their part now and perform better as well..