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Skipper Khano: We must build on our performance

Bermuda skipper Khano Smith was thrilled with his side’s performance against Trinidad and wants it to be a stepping-stone for the rest of their World Cup campaign.

He believed Bermuda were unfortunate not come away a point against a Trinidad team packed with professional experience.

He was particularly impressed with Bermuda’s defending for managing to frustrate the hosts for long periods.

“The team played very well, obviously Trinidad have more experienced players in the international arena than us, but I couldn’t be more proud to captain a side,” said the 30-year-old.

“The guys showed the right attitude and mind-frame to be competitive.

“We played well, covered well for each other, and overall played for each other. It was a good performance and we can look to get a result in the next match.

“They couldn’t break us down and resorted to the long ball and playing Kenwyne Jones in over the top because our shape was good. They tried that the last time we played them, but this time they managed to nick a goal after we lost concentration just before the half.

“Going into the second half we didn’t know what to expect because we were using different tactics to try and get the second goal, but we stuck to our guns and in the end it’s okay to go into the next match off the back of this, although it’s a loss.”

The side assembled by head coach Devarr Boyles yesterday was one of the youngest Smith has played in, with the former New England Revolution man pleasantly surprised with how well the newcomers acquitted themselves. “We have a talented group so we will only get better as we go on,” he said. “When you look at this side we have 17-year-olds as well as experienced international players.

“We are all familiar with Trinidad, especially me, but this time around we had a bunch of younger new guys in the side as well as a few guys that were here a few years back, so we knew what to expect from them and we made it difficult for them again.”

Other than a few games for the Bermuda Hogges this summer, Smith hasn’t played regular football since being released by the Revolution at the end of last season. And he admitted towards the end of the game his lack of match action showed.

“I started cramping up with about 20 minutes to go, so for precautionary measures I played in defence so I didn’t have to do that much running in the final moments,” Smith said.

Smith has urged his team-mates to build on yesterday’s encouraging performance and claim all three points when they take on Guyana in their second Group B qualifier on Tuesday.

“Playing the favourites (Trinidad) on the road in the first game is good because it’s the hardest game.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t get the right result, but we can move on from and hopefully get the job done against Guyana.”

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Published September 03, 2011 at 9:00 am (Updated September 03, 2011 at 8:52 am)

Skipper Khano: We must build on our performance

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