|Guyana||Trinidad & Tobago|
|2000-08-06||Mackenzie Sports Club Ground||Linden, Guyana||0|
T&T held 0-0 in 'mudland'
|TRINIDAD and Tobago's senior footballers battled to a 0-0 draw with Guyana on a heavy, water-logged field in Lyndon on Sunday.|
Speaking on the team's return home yesterday, coach Ian Porterfield said he wasn't able to do much assessing of the local players, but believed it was a good exercise against a team that was keen to get at T&T.
The only bad news coming out of the game was an ankle injury to tall defender Dennis Lawrence, who had to be stretchered off the field in the second half.
"At first we thought he had broken his ankle but it turned out that it wasn't that bad and we are hoping he will be fit for the Panama game," said Porterfield.
The Scotland-born coach said he received news yesterday that Kansas City Wizards striker Gary Glasgow suffered a broken leg in the United States and he was awaiting an update on the player's condition. A report in yesterday's Kansas City Star said Glasgow suffered a fractured left leg in the 65th minute of action against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the weekend and is out for the remainder of the season.
Porterfield mentioned too that young midfielder Brent Rahim did not make the trip after reporting to the technical staff at the last moment that he was nursing a calf injury, while Addison Belfon also stayed at home because of injury. Arnold Dwarika missed on the tour because of an ankle injury.
Porterfield said the overseas-based professionals are booked to arrive in T&T on Thursday and training will begin Friday ahead of next week Wednesday's clash here with Panama.
Porterfield said the Guyana outing was worthy in some areas. T&T did manage to create a few scoring chances with midfielder Angus Eve guilty of missing on a few occasions. Recalled midfielder Hutson "Barber" Charles was involved in the action and will be awaiting further word from Porterfield.
"It was not a game from which I could have done much assessing of the players. It was almost impossible to play any good football as the game was played under totally unplayable conditions, but we asked for the game and we had an obligation to play.
"But in saying that there were a few pluses which came out of it. The guys deserved 10 out of 10 for the strong commitment and determination they showed throughout against a team who was really coming at us because they were all hyped up about playing a team like us.
"I thought the guys did well and hopefully an exercise like that will help to improve the boys and toughen them up a bit. Now we have to put our heads down and get ready for the bigger game which is against Panama," said Porterfield.
The former Chelsea coach will today pay close attention to his line-up for next Wednesday and remains confident that he will find someone to fill the shoes of suspended captain Russell Latapy. He is confident T&T will have the necessary players at its disposal.
"In the recent part of the campaign I have seen two big pluses with regards to new players being brought into the team and being able to play a good role.
"One is the performance of Dennis Lawrence in central defence which we always wanted to play him but could not because of certain reasons in the earlier matches.
"The other is the potential of Gary Glasgow who has shown that he can possibly and change the pattern of play," said Porterfield.
|Ross Russell (capt.)|
|0'||Avery John for Addison Belfon|
|0'||Brent Rahim for Kerwin Jemmott|