HAMBURG: Trinidad and Tobago coach Leo Beenhakker dismissed claims that his side were tired ahead of their opening World Cup game after they ground out a 2-1 win against German third division side St Pauli on Monday.
The World Cup debutants took the lead after 14 minutes through Kenwyne Jones to give the travelling support among the 20,000 sell-out crowd something to cheer about.
The drums began to beat even louder when Jason Scotland doubled his side's lead later in the first half.
The German team pulled back a goal through a penalty early in the second half.
Trinidad and Tobago had defender David Charles sent off late in the game to compound an uncomfortable evening.
Trinidad and Tobago, who open their Group B account against Sweden on Saturday, have played five games in the past 13 days.
I don't think we have played or prepared any different to any other team here, Beenhakker told reporters when asked about his busy schedule.
The Dutchman remained upbeat about his team's performance, especially after Saturday's 3-0 defeat to fellow finalists, the Czech Republic.
This was a tough game and the type of game we expected and wanted, he said. Reuters