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W Connection skipper Earl Jean has stood firmly behind his teammate and national goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams who was sent off in the first half of his clubs 2-1 Concacaf Club Championship home win over Mexican champions Chivas of Guadalajara.


The St Lucian striker further praised the young goalkeeper dedicating their victory to him for his brave tactics outside his area, which cost him an early trip to the showers after he was given marching orders by the referee.

“Although it was difficult for us after losing I think Jan did an excellent job in keeping the ball out of the net and getting a red card, because if we had conceded at that time it would have been difficult to have come back”, Jean noted.

“He’s a young player and wants to do well for the team and we really have confidence in him, he also has a strong heart and will bounce back soon, so all we can do right now is give him our confidence and hope that we have him back for the next round”.

The Connection captain went on to say that he does not expect Williams to be in the country very long as his ‘consistent level of play’ is sure to secure him an overseas contract shortly.

Speaking about his teams return leg in Mexico, Jean believes that his team is ready and prepared since the club has the experience of playing in that country before.

“Basically we know what to expect we played Toluca a couple of years ago, everybody writes off the Caribbean team but all we have to do is go out and play our football, be confident and execute the tactical plan our coach gives us and I think we stand a good chance”, the skipper ended.