T&T's Soca Warriors will be hoping to get a boost playing at home on Monday night in their return match against Martinique at the CONCACAF Nations League football match at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo. Kick-off is at 9 pm.
On Sunday at a media press conference both head coach Dennis Lawrence and team captain Sheldon Bateau shared their enthusiasm about the match and what is at stake.
"Wining your home match is massively important but it is how you go about getting that victory is the most important thing," said Lawrence, a former national defender.
"I think the boys will hopefully be fine and ready for the game we haven't been home for a while so I would like to believe they are excited and looking forward to playing in front of T&T public again."
He is mindful though that the national team still has worked to do if they are to take down the Martiniquans, who scored first in the opening match at the Stade Pierre Aliker Stadium in Martinique on Friday night. Cyril Mandouki benefitted from a deflected effort from a left side corner, that fell in his path, firing past goalkeeper Marvin Philip. It was thanks to a 65th-minute penalty from Joevin Jones which helped T&T share the points with Martinique.
"Something we need to improve on our set-piece. They cause a threat from set-pieces in terms of delivery and the way they attack the ball," said Lawrence. "So overall we just need to make sure we try to get on the front foot and don't allow them to build momentum as they did in Martinique which was expected as they were at home."
Lawrence had his players rest for most of the weekend in preparation for today's match.
"I think it's more about recovery more than preparation because the big part for us is the recovery that's the preparation," said Lawrence. "We play on such short notice and then having to travel and arriving here so it's a short time so we couldn't spend much time on the football pitch so recovery was the most important factor."
Bateau too shared his excitement saying: "The first was for us to recover after the match and now we know what to expect and we're back at home. It's been a while since we played at home."