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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Quick Note on the T'n'T versus El Salvador Match...

So we drew, El Salvador pulling level on the last kick of the game.

When El Salvador turned on the pressure late in the game though, we lost any hope of controlling the match's pace.  When we end up playing in that kind of harum-scarum, we fall apart in the back, and it's up to an opposing player to take advantage of a lucky toe-poke past the defence.  Trinidad and Tobago simply does not play well at speed.   That's the long and short of it.  For us, controlling the pace and keeping a match low-keyed is critical.  It's how we survived Sweden, how held on for so long versus England, and also why we lost so badly to Guatemala.  It's also why the US throws all out attack at us in the first 20 minutes of any match we play them.  They score two quick goals while we're on the back foot and then they hang back and defend; their goals are guaranteed at pace.

Truth be told, we did well early in the match, but should have built a much bigger cushion.  The fact of the matter is that we threw away the goals that would have killed El Salvador's spirit, and there is as much culpability in the attack as the defence.

We drew.  Next.

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