SAUCHIE skipper Brian Morgan says discipline is crucial if the Juniors are to win their survival showdown with Jeanfield Swifts on Saturday.

A win for the Wee County side would lift them five points clear of the drop zone and go a long way towards protecting their Super League status.

And the captain, who was red-carded in his team's last meeting with Swifts, insisted that the squad are focused on amassing the points they need to remain in the top flight.

Morgan told Advertiser Sport: "We went up there last time and they were a lot better than I expected. Myself and Darren Cummings got sent off in that game, but the discipline has been a lot better over the last few months.

"If we get that right and live up to the standards we've been setting recently, hopefully we should get the three points.

"It's not even a case of getting revenge. We just want to get as many points as we can and get ourselves away from the relegation zone.

"Establishing ourselves in the Super League again is a priority for me personally, and anything else that comes along with that is a bonus."

Sauchie are looking to get back to winning ways after they were shocked by Premier League side Thornton Hibs in the Fife and Lothians Cup last Saturday, and Morgan admitted the encounter came down to which side wanted it more.

He said: "It was quite hard to take. It's an old cliché but on paper we were the better team.

"However, they turned up on the day and wanted it more than us. We were second-best all over the pitch. We never got going apart from a couple of half-chances in the first half."

The Beechwood Park outfit have been struck down with a number of injuries to key players, and with manager Fraser Duncan on the hunt for new recruits, Morgan reckons the club need to make additions if they are to keep improving.

He added: "We had to change our shape on Saturday and it's purely because we don't have the numbers at the minute. We need bodies all over the park.

"You don't want anyone getting too comfortable in a position knowing that they're going to walk into the team every week.

"Competition is good because you're pushing each other, and that means the team gets better as well."