Honduras coach Reinaldo Rueda acknowledges that his team are "under pressure" to perform against El Salvador on Wednesday as they bid to get their 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifying campaign back on track.

A 2-1 defeat to the United States on Saturday has left the team fourth in the CONCACAF qualification table, a placing which would mean having to play off against the nation which finishes fifth in the South American zone.

El Salvador moved above Honduras in the table thanks to their 2-1 victory over Mexico, and Rueda expects them to be a tough opponent on Wednesday.

"We will play very difficult rivals," he said. "They are upbeat after beating Mexico.

"We did not gain any points last Saturday, so we are under pressure.

"They work very well," said Rueda. "They have already proved they have the same chance of qualifying for the World Cup as we have."

We did not gain any points last Saturday, so we are under pressure.

Honduras coach Reinaldo Rueda

Rueda was also unhappy about the way his side lost out to the USA at the weekend.

"We were beaten by a team that didn't do a lot," the coach said. "They were no better than us, but profited from our mistakes.

"We have to change some things ahead of the El Salvador match."