Monday 12th June, 2006


Warriors focus on England

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With their historic 0-0 draw with Sweden in their 2006 World Cup (Group B) opener at Dortmund on Saturday still fresh in their minds, the T&T Soca Warriors were back on the training field at their base in Rotenburg. The goal this time— conquering England in four days time.

Considered ranked outsiders to even get a point from their three group matches, the Soca Warriors stole the hearts of the neutral supporters and even those of the Swedes, when they produced a spirited performance to share of the points, despite being reduced to ten players for the last 44 minutes of play.

Looking ahead to the clash with England, who defeated Paraguay 1-0 in their opening match, T&T defender Cyd Gray said he was hoping that his team-mates can duplicate the performance against Sweden.

Gray, who played a big part in the defence after being switched to the left back position following the expulsion of Avery John said: “This is not only the biggest footballing day for me, but for most of my team-mates as well. It’s also the biggest night in our country’s footballing history. Now we just need to keep our feet on the ground and try to give a little taste of T&T to England in our next match.”

Cornell Glen, who almost got a winner for T/T when his right foot shot skimmed the top of the Swedish post, said:

“We worked really hard together today. For weeks we’ve been putting in the hours and coming together as a team and it really paid off.”

Glen, who replaced Collin Samuel in the second-half added,

“We fought hard for each other, but we didn’t really play a great game. Hopefully, we’ll play better in our next match, but to not play your best and still get a (good) result is a very good sign.”

T&T defender Brent Sancho, who started in place of an injured Marvin Andrews, felt otherwise,

“We played pretty well today. Our defence held the line pretty well and we did enough I think to get the point, especially after going down to ten men. No one expected us to get a result in this game, but we always believed.

“Who knows what can happen now? This is the biggest moment in our footballing lives and hopefully we will have bigger ones in this tournament.”

Out of form striker Stern John who had a somewhat disappointing match said that he was very happy with the result since no one gave T&T a chance.

“We ground out a result today and we fought hard all the way. We had some bad luck to get a red card so early in the second half, but we stayed together and played as a team and got a result when no one gave us a chance.

“We earned some respect and made some friends all over the world with this game. Hopefully, we can make some more as the tournament goes on.”

Goalkeeper Shaka Hislop, who pulled off at least five outstanding saves to help T&T gain their first ever World Cup point, played down his part in the match and said:

“I don't know about unbeatable, but I certainly enjoyed myself today. I didn’t have any really good saves to make because the team defended very well. This evening was a dream come true; it was very emotional. We hope this is just the beginning.

“The great thing is that we've made some new fans this evening.”

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