“Our next game is against Barbados and for this game we go there and try to win the game.
Like I said in football there are three possibilities which is win, lose or draw. And as always we go to win. This is no different to any other game we play.”
Those were the words of head coach Otto Pfister on the eve of what has turned out to be a must win match for the “Soca Warriors” as they take on Barbados at the Hasely Crawford Stadium from 5pm on Tuesday.
On the same evening, Pfister and company will be hoping Bermuda can continue their winning ways at home when they host Guyana who are top of the group on maximum nine points.
Regardless of the result there, T&T have it all in their hands as three wins in the remaining three games will see them through to next year’s semi-final round.
“It’s not over the top for us. It’s a massive game for us but every game in a World Cup qualifying campaign is just as important as the next one. I think we have the capabilities to advance in the tournament and once we play well then I see us getting the results.
Pressure is a normal occurrence but obviously we can’t put pressure on ourselves by thinking this could be the end of the road if we don’t get a result. Once we believe then our execution becomes easier out on the pitch,” John told TTFF Media.
T&T are still without five of its regular starters but will go into this game with the same 20 from Bermuda.
Barbados meantime will have in their squad, Wrexham striker Louis Moss.
Moss is eligible for Barbados through his mother and is the son of outgoing Wrexham FC owner Geoff Moss.
“I went out to Barbados for 13 days and it was a fantastic experience. I came on as a substitute against Guyana and made my first start when playing against Trinidad and Tobago in the first game.
Although the matches didn’t get us the results we wanted, it was a great opportunity and I am definitely glad I went,” Moss said.
Barbados also have Wigan Athletic defender Emmerson Boyce, who donned the captains armband for their 2-0 loss to Guyana, along with Marine FC striker Neil Harvey as their other overseas-based players in the provisional 20-man squad.
Looking back at their loss on Friday, Barbados head coach Colin Forde said: “I take full responsibility for the defeat. We played a very good game until we conceded the first goal.
We created a number of chances and it was a much-improved performance from the previous games. The only thing we did not do was score goals.
Now we have to play Trinidad and we will go there and try to win our first game. We still have three games to play and we will work towards winning all three.”
Meantime, T&T midfielder Carlos Edwards, a former Wrexham player himself, also now the father of twin girls, is hoping his teammates can get the job done.
“I’ll be following the game obviously. I’m not there but I believe in the boys and it’s a chance for them to really step up and deliver for the coach and the fans.
They must be willing to give their all and show what they are capable of. I’m not worried at this stage but obviously I want them to do well and I’m hoping for a good showing,” said Edwards who played in T&T’s 2-0 win over Barbados last month through goals by Keon Daniel and Darryl Roberts.