National Team head coach Russell Latapy would have preferred a winner in Kingston but was not overly disappointed with the showing from the “Soca Warriors” in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Jamaica at the National Stadium.
The performance of visiting T&T was also credited by the Captain Horace Burrell, President of the Jamaican Football Federation.
“They have really given Jamaica a very hard fight. One thing I can tell you and I can speak on behalf of the Caribbean Football Union is that Mr. Latapy’s job should be safe. Minister (Anil) Roberts only recently threw out a couple challenges but based on the performance here today I am sure everyone in this audience will agree with me that Trinidad and Tobago team did put up a sterling performance and congratulations for that,” Burrell said in the post game media conference.
"I want to congratulate Mr Latapy and his team for giving us a good run tonight. It's certainly one of the better performances I have seen from a Trinidad team in recent time particularly against Jamaica," Burrell added.
Latapy meantime thought his team improved on their previous showing against the “Reggae Boyz” which they lost 3-1 at the Marvin Lee Stadium.
“I was a lot happier with tonight’s game more than when we played in Trinidad. It was a different playing personnel tonight but it was also a better performance from us. Our goal is the Digicel Cup and it’s a process. Hopefully can we be fine tuned by the time that comes around. On the performance tonight, I’m thinking that we are heading in the right direction,” Latapy added.
“We had some good performances from a couple of the younger players which was pleasing and hopefully we can continue along in this way. We knew that coming to Jamaica is always difficult but I don’t think we were overawed by their home record or home advantage. It’s difficult for any visiting team to win over Jamaica at home based on the records and unfortunately we didn’t change that tonight but I thought we had a good go at them and when we meet again possibly in the Digicel Cup, things could turn out differently for us.”
Latapy continued : “In football you always need to score more goals that our opponents. We missed a few scoring opportunities and hopefully our fitness, finishing and tactical readiness will be where we want it to be by the time the Digicel Cup comes around. I would much rather missing the scoring chances in a game like this than in the Caribbean Cup finals.”
Whitmore added : “It was really a good game. The Trinidad team gave a much better performance from them than when we played in Trinidad and we are thankful for that. We are also focusing on the Digicel Cup because we want to go on from winning that and into the Gold Cup. We are continuing to look at players and preparing the team for the defence of the Regional title.”
The T&T team will return home at 8pm on Monday night and resume preparations for the Digicel Cup preliminary group stage which begins on November 2 against Haiti and two undetermined teams in Port of Spain.