Honduras aware of faults
Alexis Mendoza claims Honduras will improve following a disappointing showing against Chile.
Last Updated: 16/06/10 4:17pm
Alexis Mendoza claims Honduras will improve following a disappointing showing against Chile on Wednesday.
The South Americans entered their opening contest of the 2010 World Cup in buoyant mood, having ripped up the form book en route to the finals.
They knew little was expected of them, with few tipping them to make headway in a group which also includes reigning European champions Spain.
However, they hoped that hard work and team spirit would see them through and give them an opportunity to spring an upset or two along the way.
Unfortunately, they never got going against Chile and were fortunate to end the game having been breached just the once.
They now face an almighty struggle to take anything from the tournament, with Spain and Switzerland still to come.
Mendoza, though, is confident that they will learn from their experiences against Chile and emerge a better side.
He felt Jean Beausejour's winner, which was aided by a wicked deflection, was somewhat fortunate and believes Honduras should enter their remaining fixtures with their heads held high.
"It is not a good start, but their goal was somewhat fortuitous," said assistant coach Mendoza, who was deputising in the Honduran dugout for suspended manager Reinaldo Rueda.
"Now we have to knuckle down and improve for the coming matches against Spain and Switzerland."
Defender Sergio Mendoza shared the opinion of his namesake in the aftermath of the Chile contest, believing that Honduras were unlucky to come away from the game empty-handed.
"The defeat was unfair," he said.
"The goal was unlucky, they didn't create any other chances to score."