No excuses!

November 12, 2021
Jamaica’s Bobby Reid (right) in action against Panama’s Michael Murillo during their FIFA World Cup qualifying match at the National Stadium on September 5.
Jamaica’s Bobby Reid (right) in action against Panama’s Michael Murillo during their FIFA World Cup qualifying match at the National Stadium on September 5.
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National goalkeeper and captain Andre Blake says the Reggae Boyz must approach tonight's World Cup qualifying game against El Salvador with purpose and get a result by any means.

The Reggae Boyz face La Selecta at 9 o'clock Jamaica time at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador, hoping to post back-to-back wins for the first time in the campaign. Jamaica currently enjoy a favourable record against El Salvador, with 10 wins, six draws and five losses from their past 21 meetings. Their last win in El Salvador came in 2004 during the 2006 World Cup qualifiers.

When asked about any concerns about a likely hostile crowd at the stadium in El Salvador, Blake was quick to dismiss any problems. He said they were determined to continue to climb up the table.

"We are here to play football. We are going to go tomorrow (today) and try to get a result. There are no excuses. We are going to go out there and try our best and see if we can get something from the game," Blake said yesterday.

After a turbulent start to their World Cup qualifying with two points from their first four games, the Reggae Boyz managed to accumulate four in the last window, including a win in Honduras and posting back-to-back clean sheets. Striker Bobby Reid says that they have attributed the recent turnaround to a change in mentality within the group.

"I think there is a different mindset. I think we know what we need to do to win games. And there is a sole focus on doing that. We have decided now how we are going to play and are sticking with it," Reid said.

Jamaica are currently in sixth place with five points while El Salvador are also on five points but are seventh in the eight-team table. Reid says that they have got to ensure that they match the host country in all areas to have a chance to win back-to-back games.

"You have got to match their intensity, match their hard work and I think, if we do that, we've got more than enough quality (to win)."

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