In defeat, Honduras’ Medford sees progress

Action from the friendly between visiting Honduras (white jersey) and Mexico on October 9, 2014, in Tuxtla Gutierrez. (Photo: Mexsport)

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico – Though Honduras’ first match since the Central American Cup ended in a 2-0 loss to Mexico on Thursday, head coach Hernan Medford is optimistic about the future. 

After an equally disputed opening 20 minutes, the Catrachos conceded twice before halftime for their sixth loss in eight games.  Defensive errors, though fixable, in combination with fine Mexican finishing were factors in the setback.  Despite the final score, Medford was pleased with his team’s approach to the encounter. 

“It was an even game, in a certain way a get to know contest,” said Medford, who was appointed to the top post in late July following a successful stint with Real España.  “I don’t think the score was just, but in the end, and, after all, they scored goals and won. You have to be calm because Honduras came in looking to go forward.” 

From a tactical perspective, the former Costa Rican international pointed out that Honduras applied pressure far up the field in an attempt to pin back Mexico in its own end. 

“We’re not afraid to say it, a good game was played, going toe-to-toe with Mexico,” Medford commented.  “A Honduras that pressured Mexico from ahead.  They have strength.  It is a team that always goes out to play from the back, but we did not let them at any moment, including moments where we had the ball more than them.  We accept that a good game was played.” 

As he looks to continue implementing his system and assembling a squad, getting the mistakes corrected is Medford’s priority. 

“The result was not the best, but for that reason, these are matches to correct errors and not have them happen in the future,” the 46-year-old concluded. 

The future starts Tuesday, when Honduras visits the United States at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida.