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Jamaica penalises Warriors; T&T second in Caribbean Cup

The Caribbean Cup trophy, yet again, will not return to Trinidad and Tobago. And the Jamaica national football team captain, Rodolph Austin, took delight in sending the “Soca Warriors” home empty handed after a 4-3 penalty shoot-out final win in Montego Bay last night.

“When you go Trinidad, they turn back nuff Jamaicans,” Austin told SportsMax TV, “so we had to show them who is number one.”

Photo: Jamaica national football team captain Rodolph Austin. (Courtesy UK Voice)
Photo: Jamaica national football team captain Rodolph Austin.
(Courtesy UK Voice)

National Security Minister Gary Griffith’s immigration policy was, apparently, part of Jamaica’s pre-game team talk. While, in the Warriors’ dressing room, much of the recent hostility also seemed to be directed to local administrators as captain Kenwyne Jones demand change from the eternally bankrupt Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA).

Jones promised that his squad would be focused on the job from the opening whistle last night. But, although the Warriors’ commitment was unmistakable, there could be little doubt that the better team lifted the Caribbean trophy.

“They played some beautiful football so hats off to them,” said Molino. “They deserved to win.”

Trinidad and Tobago coach Stephen Hart said the Warriors had their chances to settle the affair but conceded that his team had work to do.

“We have a lot of building to do still and this shows us where we have to go,” said Hart, whose next competitive assignment will be at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. “I am proud of my team… We will be fine.”

Free-scoring Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Kevin Molino was inches away from the opener in the 23rd minute but missed the far corner after Jones cushioned a cross into his path. And substitute Ataulla Guerra came closer still, in second half stoppage time, when he pounced on a loose ball on top of the Jamaican penalty area but fizzed his effort just wide.

But that was as good as it got for the Warriors. In 90 minutes of regulation time plus a half hour of extra time, Trinidad and Tobago did not register a single shot on target and Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake’s first save of the night came in the shoot-out.

Photo: Antigua and Barbuda midfielder Joshua Parker (left) barges into Trinidad and Tobago attacker Kevin Molino during 2014 Caribbean Cup qualifying action. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Antigua and Barbuda midfielder Joshua Parker (left) barges into Trinidad and Tobago attacker Kevin Molino during 2014 Caribbean Cup qualifying action.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

FIFA’s last ranking in October put Trinidad and Tobago atop the Caribbean and 49th in the world ahead of 2014 World Cup nations like Australia, Iran and Japan.

Meanwhile, FIFA ranked Jamaica seventh in the Caribbean—behind even minnow St Vincent and the Grenadines who did not qualify for the regional competition—and 113th in the world alongside unheralded nations like Malawi, Sudan and Palestine.

But, under the Montego Bay spotlight, FIFA’s lie as Trinidad and Tobago’s limitations were laid bare.

Hart’s team is a well organised, fairly disciplined bunch who, like the women’s team, refuses to crumble under pressure. But Trinidad and Tobago will have to do better than hanging on for a result against Caribbean opposition if the 2018 World Cup is a serious target.

Molino apart, the Warriors lacked a player capable of unsettling the opposition defence. Guerra, an equally gifted attacker, has never been a consistent outlet for his country while the industrious Lester Peltier looked short of a trick against an equally mobile defender and winger Hughtun Hector added little going forward.

Versatile attacker Shahdon Winchester failed to win a chance to show his wares while utility player Joevin Jones’ international tally of 40 caps with no goals tells its own story.

Hart needs more game changers and the Warriors, who are no longer employed in the top leagues like England and Portugal, must get more regular exposure against quality opposition.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago national senior team coach Stephen Hart studies his options during a friendly against Argentina in June 2014. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago national senior team coach Stephen Hart studies his options during a friendly against Argentina in June 2014.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

While the Trinidad and Tobago players and technical staff will return to awkward meetings with TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee and general secretary Sheldon Phillips, Jamaica is looking forward to not only the 2015 Gold Cup but the 2015 and 2016 Copa America tournaments as well.

What happens next in Port of Spain will be crucial in determining a reasonable expectation of the current men’s team.

In Montego Bay, to be fair, the Warriors could not have given much more.

At times in the opening 20 minutes, it looked like Jamaica might finish the contest early with 33-year-old Leyton Orient playmaker Jobi McAnuff drifting all over the park to devastating effect.

McAnuff, who plays in the third tier of the English game, can spot an early pass and is tidy and creative on the ball. But, with all due respect, he lacks the dynamism of an Arnold Dwarika or Aurtis Whitley much less a Russell Latapy.

Trinidad and Tobago defenders Daneil Cyrus and Jones (J) figured him out soon enough and he lacked the pace or trickery to beat either man one-on-one. Molino can be more decisive in the final third but he struggled between Jamaica’s powerful midfield pair of Je-Vaughn Watson and Austin.

A few months ago, Hart might have shuffled Molino wide and asked him to cut in from the left flank instead. But the coach appeared content to wait and hope that the Orlando City man would wiggle free eventually.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago forward and captain Kenwyne Jones (right) drives past Dominican Republic left back Edward Acevedo during the 2014 Caribbean Cup qualifying series in Couva. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago forward and captain Kenwyne Jones (right) drives past Dominican Republic left back Edward Acevedo during the 2014 Caribbean Cup qualifying series in Couva.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Likewise Jones (K) was having one of those frustrating outings when he could not seem to hold the ball up while his wingers rarely got past their markers to deliver quality crosses.

Hart might have put Guerra on in place of the giant forward, as he did in the 4-2 group win over French Guiana, so as to offer a different threat to the Jamaica defence. But the Trinidad and Tobago coach opted not to gamble in his biggest assignment this year.

Nothing ventured and nothing gained.

Guerra might have still won the match off a half-chance, when he eventually replaced Hector, but the “Reggae Boyz” had the better opportunities and were let down by the finishing of McAnuff and 18-year-old attacker Michael Seaton as the game drifted inevitably to penalties.

The writing seemed to be on the wall when Jones (K), who scored his last five penalties on international duty, failed to convert the Warriors’ first kick, which was blocked by the legs of Jamaican custodian Andre Blake.

Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams is always likely to get his hands on a penalty and he eventually obliged with a low block to deny Seaton. Jones (J) then tied scores up at 3-3 with a cracking effort into the top right hand corner.

Rodoph scored Jamaica’s next attempt from the spot, which left Khaleem Hyland, the man-child with legs like tree trunks, in the un-envious position of shooting to keep his team in the match rather than to win it.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Khaleem Hyland (left) holds off El Salvador player Richard Menjivar during the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.  (Copyright AFP 2014/Stan Honda)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Khaleem Hyland (left) holds off El Salvador player Richard Menjivar during the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
(Copyright AFP 2014/Stan Honda)

Hyland, who plays in Belgium’s top flight with Racing Genk, has the unruffled air of a man who would barely blink during an earthquake. But his nerve deserted him in Mo-Bay as he slammed his kick over the bar before burying his face in his equally red jersey.

And Austin deputised himself as Jamaica’s chief immigration officer as he pointed the Warriors to the departure lounge.

It is the third successive occasion that Trinidad and Tobago got to the Caribbean Cup final only to end up with silver medals; and it is now 13 years since the regional trophy was escorted to the two island republic.

Jamaica’s footballers will spend the next two years locked in competitive action against the likes of Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Brazil’s Neymar, Uruguay’s Luis Suarez and Colombia’s James Rodriguez in successive Copa America competitions.

Can Tim Kee and Phillips conjure up a program that allows the Warriors to keep pace with their northern neighbours?

Trinidad and Tobago’s immediate prospects within the Caribbean and CONCACAF depend on it.

(Teams)

Trinidad and Tobago (4-2-3-1): 21.Jan-Michael Williams (GK); 2.Justin Hoyte, 26.Aubrey David, 6.Daneil Cyrus, 3.Joevin Jones; 14.Andre Boucaud (5.Kevan George 104), 8.Khaleem Hyland; 23.Lester Peltier (13.Cordell Cato 67), 10.Kevin Molino, 7.Hughtun Hector (11.Ataulla Guerra 82); 9.Kenwyne Jones (captain),

Unused substitutes: 1.Marvin Phillip (GK), 24.Adrian Foncette (GK), 12.Radanfah Abu Bakr, 15.Jamal Gay, 16.Shahdon Winchester, 17.Leston Paul, 18.Yohance Marshall, 19.Carlyle Mitchell, 27.Jonathan Glenn,

Coach: Stephen Hart

 

Jamaica (4-2-2-2): 1.Andre Bake (GK); 7.Hughan Gay, 5.Alvas Powell, 6.Jermaine Taylor, 20.Kemar Lawrence; 15.Je-Vaughn Watson, 17.Rodolph Austin (captain); 11.Dane Richards (16.Joel Grant 56), 10.Jobi McAnuff; 18.Simon Dawkins (12.Demar Phillips 71), 21.Darren Mattocks (9.Michael Seaton 91).

Unused substitutes: 13.Ryan Thompson (GK), 2.Nyron Nosworthy, 3.Craig Foster, 4.Upston Edwards, 8.Nicholay Finlayson.

Coach: Winfried Schäfer

Photo: Jamaica striker Darren Mattocks (foreground) and captain Rodolph Austin are Caribbean champions. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Jamaica striker Darren Mattocks (foreground) and captain Rodolph Austin are Caribbean champions.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

Caribbean Cup final

(November 18)

Jamaica 0, Trinidad and Tobago 0 at Montego Bay

*–Jamaica won 4-3 on penalty kicks

About Lasana Liburd

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Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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51 comments

  1. Ian R Briggs Ha ye…pre game media hype suckered me into watching the ENG/SCO game…

  2. I agree that Jonathan Glenn was a waste of a pick. If he was picked in front of Caesar then he really should have played more

  3. I heard a local radio announcer say that the ‘Jamaicans send we back home’ referring to the contentious immigration issue…

  4. Realllyyyy is dat how small minded u are”revenge on immigration policy?”. TRINIDAD still goin tuh de world cup. SMH!

  5. Penalty is not a proper way to figure out who’s better than who

  6. Well I hope they don’t leave Hart to finish the job because I won’t like to see the end product.Hart is a negative coach and Yendor is right on with the Moynes comparison.All who is saying he is doing a tremendous job well if Jamaica had converted their chances and we converted ours the score might have been 6(or7)-3 and they would be singing a different song today.The team has definitely regressed and coach Hart looks lost in space,he has no ideas offensively (except voom kick),can’t set a midfield to contain a 33yr old from England 3 tier and while our defenders played good the Jamaica forwards lacked efficiency.Yes i know it harsh but I also know that the players are good players and can perform better than they did in this tournament. Keeping Hart makes no sense because he add no value to the team and isn’t better than our local pro league coaches such as Stuart Charles,Ross Russell,Reynold Carrington and Angus Eve.In fact he might not even be better than some college coaches like Nigel Grovsner.

  7. @ Ian Briggs…”we didn’t play to win… we played not to lose”….My sentiments exactly!! The easiest thing for any coach to do in my mind is to set up a team to be difficult to beat. But to impose your will on the teams you play?? That is where the talented and clever coaches thrive. Hence the reason Moyes was an abject failure at Man United. Yes it was difficult to play Everton because he set up his teams to be difficult to beat and react to the opposition…but to do the opposite..to impose your “brand” on sides…your mentality has to be different ..your outlook on the game has to change..and this MUST transcend to the players..the players MUST have this expectation of themselves and belief in the coach’s philosophy..This is where one has to look at its attacking personnel and decipher how best to use its talents and attributes to be imposing. So it’s all well and good that Hart has part 1 in the “Coaches 101” booklet down pat(how to set up a decent team)…but he has to be able to play on the front foot as well..and for this to happen his mentality has to be different…and he has to be braver…We should be imposing our brand on ALL Caribbean teams..They must react to us..teams must have something to think about when we don the field of play..our players MUST always be of the belief that we are going out there with a plan to take the game to the opposition. Now having said that..one still needs the personnel to achieve such, and players must have clear instructions and an understanding of what is required of them, and maintain that level of discipline throughout to achieve such. Jamaica is NOT an Argentina or a Brazil(like someone pointed out) so it is incomprehensible as to why we would have adopted a reactionary approach against a team that is NOT of that calibre.. However, when we do go into games against these better teams it would be understandable if we are set up to play in this reactionary way(difficult to beat) while STILL having the tenacity to offer our own threat going forward with what we have.

  8. For real cause Trinidad better than Jamaica by far

  9. Carlyle Mitchell injured ? David deputising…why no the unattached central defender ? Ay ya yay !

  10. Was it angus eve commentating? Well they kept saying that it was not shocking that the finals was so poor because how tense the game is. They kept saying that usually the finals are anti climax to the tournament because of how tense everyone is.

  11. When we starting 4 defenders, Hyland and Bocaud (both who rarely gets into attacking positions), I think our attackers can afford to take a little risk and show some more dynamism up front. Instead of playing those aimless diagonal balls. Didn’t have much options on the bench and definitely Caesar would have been a great selection for this tournament.

  12. T&T showed no initiative, no impetus at no point in time. “Voom kick” We’ve all seen Trinidad play more composed than that.

  13. I like to make sure and balance my statements. With all that we could have still won the game. Hart has done a tremendous job. And he’s in a well respected and tough position. As a fan it was very hard to watch. Keep improving Trinidad!

  14. I feel that Boucaud and Hyland should not be on the field at the same time unless for some reason we’re aiming to be ultra defensive. I also felt Guerra should have started the game or come in much earlier.

  15. Jonathan Glenn played 10 minutes whole tournament. Clearly he didn’t justify his pick then and that spot should have gone to a younger Trevin Caesar.
    But then that Jamaican defence is too solid to have been beaten by anything so simple as kicking the ball over the top.

  16. We respected The Jamaicans like we were playing Brazil or Argentina. Come nah!

  17. Yes Ian. Lasana Liburd I was wondering the same thing. Jones played the entire game before. I thought we could have bring on someone else that was fresher. Or after we see Molino not impacting the game go a different direction. Those guys have done a lot for us even getting there. Yes but after something isn’t working change. And still we had two chances to win. This is what make Mourihno who he is. He would make bold decisions. To get results. And I really dont like Mourihno. Again not knocking jones or Molino. They will have better days but yesterday they didn’t impact the game. Try something else

  18. Cordell Cato for Lester Peltier was a case of replacing something that wasn’t working with the same idea that probably won’t work.

  19. Hart keeps stressing that the only way to fix the problems is by playing games. Bring on the games!

  20. Whenever a top team has trouble breaking down an underdog, they pay the compliment of that side being “organised.” I wonder now if that is a compliment at all.
    You can be perfectly organised without ever looking like hurting the opposition.
    I still think Stephen Hart is the man to finish the job and hope he sticks around. But we know now that we have to push on from being an organised team that waits for the opposition to make a mistake.
    Now, we have to develop a way to overpower teams and play off the front foot.

  21. We didnt play to win… we played not to lose….. and that not good enough…..

  22. Team T&T probably wishes to take the more difficult route to COPA 2016 !! I admire this !!

  23. I think we have shown a lot more tactical flexibility in previous games. So something was wrong mentally this time.
    I give them credit for doing a decent job on Jamaica’s attacking four. Not a flawless job by any means because Jamaica had about four scoring opportunities at least. But decent.
    Yet Kenwyne flick ons seemed to be all we had on the offensive end.
    I missed Trevin Caesar too.
    Our creative players didn’t stand up last night.

  24. Colin you were watching Eng v Scot? you are a glutten for punishment… compared to the Portugal/Arg game that game was like watching the Trini/Jca game….. poor in all aspects….

  25. Good analysis Lasana. There’s lots of work to be done but hopefully with the right tools we could make this happen. They’ve been promised a lot but remember ” A promise is only a comfort to a fool”.

  26. It doesn’t help that many of our players either don’t play regularly for their clubs or were out of season.

  27. If the game was played at Hasely Crawford, I reckon TT would have won in a similar manner to the yardies.

    I was surprised at how poor Hector was & how static the TT front four were, usually there is much more movement in front of K Jones.

    Going forward J Jones needs to be played in mid-field, despite how assured he looks at LB. Much rather have a weak LB, than forever never see Joevin offensive talents utilized at international level.

    Before the game I was watching the England vs Scotland friendly, ha Caribbean football got a long way to go when it comes to quality still, compared to EURO ball.

  28. Time for changes from captain to crook

  29. TTFA this team not taking us to no World Cup we need strikers, Midfielders (creative) ones.The coach got to make some harsh decision i think we need to go out there and look for skillful players who have Trinidad roots and bring them to join this team because we will still be waiting for this team to mature in how to play football and for god sake please lets stop play this long ball and slow football it is killing the beauty of the game .

  30. At no point in the game did we have sustained pressure and honestly really never looked like scoring… even with the mess both teams played, Jca at least tried to take the game to us and only because of lack of composure in front of goal did the game not end in regulation… our game plan looked like it was developed out of fear for jca rather than using the assets we possess to create scoring opportunities…. poor outing from technical staff and even poorer outing from the boys…

  31. The fellas looked emotionally drained!

  32. Jamaica looked more dangerous than us but we defended very well and played on the counter, agree with Nigel Myers on the long balls. Very slow boring football by both teams and not promising at all. Our football future is nt certain with the current situation and its very sad but still appreciate the effort the guys made I hope they get their money.

  33. stueps trinidad hav some firing to do

  34. Wired868, please check your facts and correct your article. The 2014 Caribbean Cup winners do NOT qualify for the 2015 Copa America, but rather the 100-year anniversary edition, the 2016 Copa America Centenario, which is being held in the USA and allows teams throughout the Americas to compete. Therefore Jamaica will not “spend the next two years battling against South American opposition” but only in 2016.

  35. No excuses! Very poor performance by our team…and not much better by our opponents. Hopefully the standard will be much better in future games.

  36. 4-3 on Penalties is revenge? Very foolish statement for a Captain to make

  37. Jamaican Captain, Rodolph Austin is such an idiot. He made a “foolish” remark.

  38. I think overall our team play in this tournament has regressed. So many long balls with a hit and hope attitude, poor crossing. Of course the condition of the field didn’t help, but everyone had to use it.

  39. Joevin Jones defended very well too. But we never really showed as an attacking force. We were pretty reactionary.

  40. To me this article is spot on in its assessment of the way we played. REACTIONARY. I wouldn’t go as far as saying we played crap,but we certainly did not impose ourselves the way we should. This display could have been as a result of the never ending bunglings of this current TTFA regime. To be an athlete in this country has to be the most frustrating thing ever!! Can’t an athlete just focus on whatever discipline he / she is in? And be allowed to focus SOLELY on the task at hand without having to figure out if what should be due to them is coming or not? Psychologically this can never augur well in anything..not just sports. I honestly would not have begrudged them had they not played the match to be honest. Enough is enough!! So kudos to the guys for showing strong character and playing fully concentrated for 120 minutes despite the NUMEROUS obstacles they have been faced with.

    Now to the football….
    Where were we? Ah yes…REACTIONARY….to me a lot of the blame in this game has to go to the coach. I like Hart, he sets up the team well and it’s refreshing to see us not conceding from corners for a change.So big kudos for that. We have never been known to be strong defensively and he has solidified our back line. But a big coach makes the changes that needs to be made when it has to be made. Kenwyne Jones for all his 6ft 2 inch muscular frame offered little going forward..he did not hold up the ball well nor did he press defenders enough. To me he was outmuscled too easily and didn’t seem intent on winning back the ball when he lost it. That would have NEVER been allowed to happen under Beenhakker. That primadonna big player nonsense can’t occur with top coaches,unless you are SPECIAL and MAGICAL(yes there are exceptions) Kenwyne is neither. And a team still has to be set up to cater for that type of player. He should have been substituted early on. And that is on the coach. Hart must not be afraid to make the tough decisions when necessary. We would not have begrudged him for being BRAVE..Fortune as they say….

    That’s not to say he(Kenwyne) does not have a role to play on this team. He does. Buuuut, to me, Kenwyne has to be honest with himself if he wants to be a success with this team. He has to accept that (1) He is not a prolific striker (2) We do not have the personnel to deliver the type of crosses that is of the quality that he craves. That is it. Accept it and work with it. What he MUST do is (1) Hold up the ball and bring others into play (2) Make himself a nuisance for defenders and give them a torrid time. A defender should feel battered and bruised after an encounter with the burly forward. If he cannot do these 2 simple things then he would find himself with limited appearances. That would happen with a coach who does not have a problem making honest, tough decisions. Man up Hart! Kenwyne does not pick himself however.! Our goal threat comes from Molino, and Jones would fare much better with our expectancy(in terms of goals from him compared to his capabilities and that of the team)

    This now brings me to Hughton Hector. Decent player. Safe player. You know what you are going to get. And that is the problem..defenders do too. We have NO penetration on the left with him. Hart MUST find a way to incorporate the very talented Guerra in this side and give him a leading role in this team. He has to. Its either you drop Kenwyne and play him behind Molino(because we already offer little in terms of our crosses) or if we must persevere with Kenwyne, change our formation to include the lad. We simply need more guile and creativity. Sometimes giving a player more responsibility coupled with the right direction can work wonders. Worth a try if you ask me.

    In closing, I would like to tell Raymond Tim Kee and Sheldon Phillips that time is longer than twine…and as there is a God above…we will be rid of you two..just like we have rid ourselves of Warner…football will thrive in this country again..I just want to be able to live to see that the right people are placed at the helm and we return to the glory days of old where we were the undisputed champions of the caribbean. But with these two in charge???? Seems as though more threats of boycotts are just round the corner….

  41. We never looked like we could WIN…Jan Micheal was MUCH busier than the young Jamaica goalie…in fact how many chances did we create? I cant recall their keeper needing to save a shot on goal in the 1st half…but on a positive note I DID see a lot of FIGHT from our players…and for me Cyrus was a ROCK in the back!

  42. I am leaving the immigration issues for the two governments to sort out but I have a feeling it have more Jamaicans living in Trinidad illegally than the other way around and I don’t know to much Trinidadians who want to go there to live. Anyway, back to the football that performance last night was totally appalling and coach Hart should do the honorable thing and resign.Molino, Cyrus and Guerra( to some extent) apart the team was way below expectation in this tournament.The team lacked ideas and cohesion during the whole tournament and never played any quality football.The movement of the ball in midfield was to slow, so much so that a 33 year old Jamaican from a 3rd tier English team was dictating the midfield and coach Hart had no answers for him.One have to wonder what will happen in the Gold Cup against Costa Rica, Mexico and the US. As for Kenwyn Jones if you are coming here to play that crap please stay in Cardiff. Rondell Winchester should be available soon so please coach Hart (if you still around) look at Rondell instead of that “dead horse” Kenwyn. I remember Joevin Jones playing midfield for W in the pro league maybe he could bring some creativity in the midfield and Aubrey go Left back. We have to much talented footballers in this country to be playing so poorly and coach Hart is not improving the quality of play on the field.So Mr.Tim Kee please look for someone otherwise you could be next.

  43. That was a really poor effort last night. Money problems or no, I feel they let me down. I could take a loss, but, it seemed they were simply going through the motions at times. Zero urgency on the ball when going forward, zero creativity in attack, second to the ball too many times, and Jones? lawd!

  44. We played crap. There is no nice way to put it. We have a lot of homework to do to make 2015 a positive one for our football. Bring on the ladies on the 2nd!

  45. It hurt seeing us lose to our arch-rivals, but what made it worse was the well below par performance. Jamaica deserved their victory, it must be said. They were the better team.

  46. Strangely enough, the online gloaters commenting on the Observer article that I clicked on turned out to be Jamaicans living in T&T. Just shows that you cannot please people no matter what.