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Consistency key for Boyz, says Morgan

Published:Monday | July 13, 2015 | 7:04 PM
Jamaica's British-based defender Wes Morgan.

TORONTO, Canada:

CENTRAL DEFENDER Wes Morgan wants Jamaica to maintain their level of play against El Salvador when both meet in a CONCACAF Group B first match at BMO Stadium here at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. Jamaica time) today.

Homesters Canada will face Costa Rica in the feature match at 8:30 p.m.

"Just continue doing the right things, showing a lot of spirit, organisation; and we're creating chances," Morgan noted of key elements for a Jamaica win. "As long as we're creating chances and we can keep the back door shut and limit their chances, then we'll have the best chance of winning."

Good performances so far

The Reggae Boyz are the only team to have won a match in two rounds of the very competitive Group B, as they knocked off Canada 1-0 with a last-minute winner from captain Rodolph Austin on Saturday in Houston. Prior to that, they had battled to an exciting 2-2 finish with Costa Rica in Los Angeles.

"Two good performances so far; we don't want our standards to drop," said the central defender, who captains Leicester City in the English Premier League. "We're top of the group, so you can't take that for granted. We just want to go out there and surely finish with a good performance and see what happens next."

The victory put Jamaica on four points, Costa Rica and El Salvador have two apiece, while Canada are bottom with a point. All the teams have a chance of advancing to the quarter-finals, with the top two guaranteed spots, and third-place set to gain one of two remaining spots. There are three groups.

The 31-year-old Morgan admitted limited knowledge of El Salvador, which got an injury-time equaliser from Dustin Corea against Costa Rica in Houston, but expects a tight clash.

"I've not seen much of them. I'm sure they're going to be competitive, organised, skilful individuals, so we've to be aware of that," he said after team training at Toronto FC facility yesterday. "We'll be doing video analysis of them, so we'll see what they've got to offer."