Trinidad and Tobago ended their 10 game unbeaten run when they were defeated by Jamaica yesterday at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Jamaica dominated the Group stage game with a 3-0 lead at halftime and finished with an easy 4-1 win.
Despite the unbeaten run, Head Coach Angus Eve has been lambasted by some critics for what has been described as “conservative” tactics.
Yesterday was no different as many questioned his decision to omit winger Kaile Auvray, who is quickly becoming known for his pace and skilful dribbling.
Eve also changed the 4-2-3-1 formation which saw T&T beat St Kitts and Nevis 3-nil to a more defensive 5-4-1 formation.
However Eve has since defended his tactics, revealing that the on-field changes were also partly due to player fitness issues.
Eve also noted that the T&T players appeared to be intimidated by Jamaica’s Premier League stars.
The Soca Warriors still have a chance to advance to the knockout round, provided they are able to beat the USA in their third match on Sunday.
He suggested however that the team will have to improve upon their defensive performance if they are to earn a spot in the next round.