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Rijsbergen looks for improved showing

By JOEL BAILEY Monday, January 15 2007

TRINIDAD and Tobago coach Wim Rijsbergen has called on his players for an improved showing in the Digicel Caribbean Cup Final Round tournament.

The national team were held to a 1-1 draw against Barbados on the opening match at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo on Friday, and the TT lads will square off against Martinique today, at the aforementioned venue, from 7 pm.

“It was our first game with some new guys on the team and, overall, I’m satisfied with the work they did,” said the former Netherlands defender in the post-match media conference. “On the other side, there is still a lot of unforced errors.

“We got a goal (via) a short corner,” Rijsbergen added. “Nobody was reacting. These kinds of things should not happen but, of course, it happens in football.

“We created some (positive) chances and if you don’t put them in the net, you give the opponents a chance to come back into the game. That’s what happened. We deserved a win because we had four or five chances to score (at least) two or three goals. They got their confidence back after they scored and these things happened.”

Osei Telesford, Seon Power, Keeron Benito and Kwame Wiltshire made their national debuts while Darryl Roberts was playing his second international and Dwayne Jack his third.

“We played with some new players so they can show us where they are,” said Rijsbergen. “Hopefully, from what we’ve seen today, they’ll learn from these kinds of mistakes and hopefully we don’t see many of them in the next game.

“There is a lot of work to do, in ball possession, because that’s one of our main reasons why we were successful before,” added the TT coach. “This is an inexperienced team but, if you have ball possession, you don’t lose a lot of energy by fighting for the ball that you lost (easily). That’s the art of the game.”

The 54-year-old Rijsbergen also focused his attention on the fitness of the players, with midfielder Kerwyn “Hardest” Jemmott and striker Scott Sealy faded away during the second half.

“If you see the changes that we had to make, it was also a matter of physical fitness,” admitted Rijsbergen. “I keep (saying) that’s a part that could be improved because we’ve seen it in international games, that some guys couldn’t finish the game because of cramps.

“We have to work very hard on that part too,” he continued. “That’s not too easy because we don’t have some of these guys together and, as soon as they go back to their own clubs, it’s impossible to take them out of their clubs and train with them.

“We have some American (based) guys, we have some guys coming of their (club) season so they need a little rest and we have some guys that did not play a lot and then you’ll see it at the end of the game.”

With regards to the technical shortcomings, Rijsbergen stated, “a lot of guys have problems with passing the ball, with controlling the ball. That should be done many years ago. So that’s something we have to work on, for the future.

“If you want to play an easy game, you should have a good control and a good pass so we can keep the ball,” he continued. “If you come from the wing, then it’s a matter of getting a good cross, and that means getting a good run (in the midfield) from some guys.”

Concerning the defensive lineup of Telesford, Power, Jack and Nigel Daniel, the TT coach said, “I’m pleased with some things but I’m not satisfied, sometimes, when we started from the back line and we gave away, too easily, the first balls.

“Telesford did a good job, Dwayne Jack, with all his limitations as a player, he did a good job,” Rijsbergen added. “The first thing you have to do, as a defender, (is to play) simple. If you have the chance to play an open guy, you should play him right away.

“If you hesitate, and there were some moments, you give the opponent a chance to (put) some more pressure on you, closer to your own goal. That’s a matter of training, that’s a matter of talent.”

In the first match of today’s double-header, Haiti will oppose Barbados at 5 pm.



Teams: TRINIDAD and TOBAGO: Jan-Michael Williams, Marvin Phillips (goalkeepers); Nicholson Thomas, Seon Power, Makan Hislop, Anthony Noreiga, Dwayne Jack, Nigel Daniel (defenders); Kerry Baptiste, Keeron Benito, Kwame Wiltshire, Osei Telesford, Densil Theobald, Kerwyn Jemmott, Christian Baptiste, Leslie Fitzpatrick (midfielders); Gary Glasgow, Abiola Clarence, Hayden Tinto, Joel Bailey, Darryl Roberts, Scott Sealy (strikers).

MARTINIQUE: Xavier Bullet, Johan Clementia, Charles Coridon, Joan Deluge, Franciano Etinof, Gael Germany, Jose Goron, Steeve Gustan, Daniel Herelle, Eddy Heurlie, Eddy Huygues Beaufond, Jean Lavril, Audrick, Sebastien Lugiery, Willy Padoly, Patrick Percin, Olivier Sylvestre, Wilfrid Thalien.

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