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"It's important for us to put in a strong performance (against Estonia) and shake off the loss to Romania," suggested Trinidad and Tobago captain Densill Theobald.

T&T, yet to register a win this year, will complete a two-match European friendlies tour on Friday against Estonia at the A Le Cog Arena in Tallinn from 8pm (1pm T&T time).

The Warriors are without English-born midfielder Christopher Birchall, who was a member of Monday's squad in a 4-0 loss to hosts Romania.

The Port Vale midfielder withdrew from the trip to Tallinn and instead returned to his homeland when his son was taken to hospital after falling ill, according the a Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation press release.

"It was not the right result for us (against Romania)," continued Theobald. "I thought the performance was not reflected in the scoreline. Romania were a good team and the exercise proved to very good for us."

The Caledonia AIA player went on to add, "We have to improve our record at the moment. We know a little bit about Estonia and their style. They are physically strong and they adopt a more direct style in their game. We will give it our best shot because the guys know it's important that we dig deep especially with the Gold Cup right around the corner."

T&T, preparing for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, have not scored since their win over Martinique from penalty kicks in the Caribbean Cup semi-final last December and have gone five games with one draw and four losses, conceding ten goals.

Clearly not the sort of record ahead of their Gold Cup opener against El Salvador in New Jersey on July 8.

Available to co-Head Coaches Jamaal Shabazz on Friday are late defensive additions Aubrey David of Caledonia and North East Stars' Kareem Moses.

Meantime Notts County midfielder Andre Boucaud is hopeful T&T can lift their game against Estonia which lost 2-0 to Belarus in Tallinn on Monday.

"I think we've got to get over the Romania loss. We had some good moments in the game and I really think the scoreline is a bad reflection of the game. But we lost and now we've  got to lift our heads and move on from that. There is no other way to do that other than putting a good showing against Estonia and hopefully pull of a good victory," Boucaud said.

"Generally the trip has been a good one," said Theobald. "We will take this into the game on Friday and try to entertain the fans here and show what we are capable of. A lot of the people in Romania and Estonia know about our appearance in Germany in 2006 and so we've got to show something special on the pitch as well."

T&T's English-born defender Justin Hoyte will come up against a familiar face in former Middlesbrough teammate Tarmo Kink on Friday. Kink is expected to start in midfield for Estonia.

"I've played with him at Middlesbrough and he is a pretty decent player. It would be great to come up against him tomorrow. I'm hoping we can step up and get a good performance and just as good a result against them," Hoyte said.

Estonia, ranked 89th by FIFA, last won against Andorra 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in March. They have six points and  are currently second from the bottom of the six-team group which is led by the Netherlands on 18 points. They have Chicago Fire midfielder Joel Lindpere and other players based in Norway, Belarus, Ukraine, Germany, Hungary, Russia, China in their squad for Friday's encounter.