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U-17 MNT vs. T&T: Post-Match Quote Sheet

Head coach John Hackworth
On the match:
“It was a pretty strange match overall. We scored early, which is good, but then we dropped into a defensive shell which wasn’t good. We regained momentum in the game with some solid possession and got a second goal going into halftime with the game in control. We got the third goal in the second half and, as young kids are prone to do, I think we lost our composure a little bit by having a player thrown off and get three yellow cards. In the end, we did kill the game off, get our three points with a shutout. We think we can get stronger as the tournament goes on and that’s what we’re going to try and do.”

On facing Canada in their next match:
“Canada has been very impressive so far. I think they played probably the best game of the tournament in the opening game against Jamaica. They’ve played two games, haven’t given up a goal, are extremely organized and a well-defending team. I think they’re also dangerous going forward and we’ll have to increase our game to get a result against Canada on Wednesday.”

On if they’re confident due to their past performances against Canada:
“We’re always confident, but we’re always very humble to know that anytime you play international soccer, especially in CONCACAF, you have to come and bring your best. We can certainly play better than we did tonight and we’ll focus on doing that.”

On how the red card will affect the Canada match:
“That’s tough to say right now, but we lost our best attacking player. No question. He’s our leading goal scorer and the most dangerous player on the field for us. It’s going to affect us, but we have a deep team and hopefully some of the other guys step up.”

Midfielder Alex Nimo
On his first goal:
“Coach told me when we get it to go out wide for the quick switch and Wenzel had it and saw me. I was wide open and took a touch in and saw Billy making a run so I tried to play it in. It got blocked but fell right to me so I just decided to go for it and took a shot on goal. I didn’t know what to do since it was my first goal. I was relieved and really excited.”

Captain Mykell Bates
On the win:
“We’re satisfied, but not satisfied. We’re very happy we got a 3-0 win and got a shutout, but the tournament is not over and we still have a job to do. Right now, this game is in the past and our main focus is Canada on Wednesday.”

On losing Ellis McLoughlin for the next match:
“That affects us tremendously. Not only are we losing a great player, we may have to change our plans tactically. It’s just tough seeing a good player like him who scored our second goal out for the next game.”

On Trinidad & Tobago getting chances:
“We know what we did wrong. We didn’t put pressure on our left side. What we have to do in our next game against Canada is play the rules of defense, which number one is put pressure on the ball when it is in our half. That’s what we’re going to have to do and hopefully that will cut down on the number of crosses we’ll have to deal with inside the box."