Honduras won for Hernan Medford (pictured) in his debut as head coach in a Central American Cup match against Belize on September 3, 2014, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mexsport)
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Honduras commenced the Hernan Medford era with a 2-0 win over Belize in the 2014 Central American Cup on Wednesday at the Robert F. Kennedy Stadium.
Although the Catrachos profited from a pair of own-goals in the first-half, the Costa Rican was pleased with his team’s performance.
“I'm happy,” said the former Real España head coach. “Honduras played well. For our first game together everything was done well. We were always looking the score with a team that has very clear ideas with the ball from one side to the other against a complicated rival and a goalkeeper who arrived at the time because we had more goals.
“In general, I’m satisfied with the performance of the players, but we better prepare ourselves for what is coming because it will be more difficult.”
Like all coaches in the competition, Medford did not have much time to work with his players. That fact added value to the victory.
"We only worked one day (Tuesday) with all players and they seemed to understand pretty well, which why I was happy,” the 46-year-old expressed. “We’ll get better against El Salvador because by then we’ll have had six training sessions.”
Against Belize, the Hondurans made effective use of the field’s width, getting the outside midfielders and defenders more involved in the offense.
"We passed and passed the ball out, that's the idea,” Medford noted. “Honduras returned to its style of play, speed and power. We manufactured a lot scoring opportunities. We have to be more effective."
Medford, who won the 2007 Central American Cup as Costa Rica’s head coach, is not ready to celebrate yet. He knows that the hardest part is yet to come.
"We shouldn’t be overconfident, this just started,” Medford finished. “We have to keep improving and working."