Trinidad and Tobago coach Lawrence: “I’m proud of this effort”
Trinidad and Tobago coach Dennis Lawrence (in the picture) on June 26, 2019, at the Children´s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

KANSAS CITY, Kansas.- Trinidad and Tobago Manager Dennis Lawrence gave his final press conference at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup following his side’s 1-1 draw with Guyana in Kansas City on Wednesday night. 

Lawrence was upbeat, balancing a bit of disappointment with an appreciation for the effort put forth by his players.

“To be honest, I think we should have won that game,” Lawrence said. “We had too many chances not to win. We need to be better in the final third, that killer instinct we’ve spoken about. It’s been a factor in all of our games. We’ve been creating chances but not finishing them.”

“But I also thought our team showed good determination today, trailing by a goal and going and getting an equalizer. I’m proud of this effort of the boys.”

Kevin Molino scored that equalizing goal, the Minnesota United man assuring that Trinidad and Tobago would not leave the tournament without a goal when he cut by Guyana GK Quillan Roberts and tapped home in the 80th minute. 

Lawrence was also quite complimentary of the opposition, a team with which he sees a great deal of commonality. 

“I think with us and Guyana, we are both punching a little above our weight right now,” said Lawrence. “With time, I hope that changes. But right now, having a respect between the two teams is important. It’s important for both teams and it’s important for the region, for Caribbean football.”

“We need to push one another to be better, but we also have our own responsibilities to improve from within,” Lawrence said. “I’m hopeful for the future for both of the teams that you saw today.”