T&T still focussed despite loss, says skipper Jones

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Captain Kenwyne Jones says Trinidad and Tobago will not allow their heads to drop, despite their most recent setback in the CONCACAF final round World Cup qualifying campaign.
Seeking their second win in five days, T&T slipped to a narrow 1-0 defeat to confederation giants Mexico at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Tuesday night.
The defeat was their third in four outings and left them bottom of the six-nation group on three points but Jones said afterward the World Cup dream was still alive in the squad.
“I still have a hundred per cent belief in the squad. We have six games to go so we’re going to put our best foot forward,” the marquee striker said.
“The guys that are going back [overseas], they are going to go play. The season is going to be starting for some of the guys at home in probably a month or so. Everyone just needs to keep working hard and stay focussed for when we meet up again.
“The squad is a great one; there are still people who can come in, people can go out — you never know what can happen. The group is doing well, the coaching staff is doing well and what we can look forward to is the next camp and the next game.”
T&T opened their campaign last November with two defeats when they lost to Costa Rica at home and Honduras away, but picked themselves up last Friday with a 1-0 win over Panama in Trinidad.
The road ahead will be a tough one for them, however, as they go on the road to face a resurgent United States who are fourth in the standings on four points and Costa Rica, who lie second on seven points.
Despite only having played Panama at the weekend, T&T still looked the part against Mexico especially in the first half when they put the visitors under pressure and even managed to score a goal through Joevin Jones, which was incorrectly ruled off side.
Diego Reyes eventually produced a 58th minute header, which settled the contest.

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