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
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
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. Its
also the biggest night in our countrys 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:
worked really hard together today. For weeks weve 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,
fought hard for each other, but we didnt really play
a great game. Hopefully, well 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,
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.
knows what can happen now? This is the biggest moment in our
footballing lives and hopefully we will have bigger ones in
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.
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.
earned some respect and made some friends all over the world
with this game. Hopefully, we can make some more as the tournament
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:
don't know about unbeatable, but I certainly enjoyed myself
today. I didnt 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.
great thing is that we've made some new fans this evening.