Global FC goalkeeper Patrick Deyto reveals that his side was disappointed after conceding a late equaliser to Home United in the AFC Cup 2017 zonal semi-final first leg in Manila. However, the Filipino club have arrived in Singapore for the second leg with a winning mindset, according to the 27-year-old Philippines international. [Also read: How to watch match live, start time]
The Philippines Football League champions had their noses in front in Manila until Home's top-scorer Stipe Plazibat stepped up and slotted one past Deyto in the injury time of the match, much to the disappointment of fans who had gathered at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on 14 May.
Home are heading into the second leg tie, which will be played at the Jalan Besar on Tuesday, with an edge over Global on away goals. Notably, Aidil Sharin's men have not lost a match at home in the competition so far and the Filipino club needs a special effort if they are to stop the in-form Singapore side and progress to the zonal final of the continental tournament.
"In football, you need short memories. If you win, you cannot celebrate too long and, if you lose, you cannot mourn too long also. We were disappointed after that game, but we got over it already," Deyto said, as quoted by The New Paper.
"Now, we are fresh, and we have come here with a mindset to win and do what we have to do to get to the next round."
Global ended their two-match winless streak with a comfortable 3-1 victory over league rivals Kaya last Wednesday. However, they will be missing their influential centre-back Amani Aguinaldo, who also scored for them against Home, due to suspension.
Brazilian defender Wesley dos Santos though is available for today's clash and he will have to shoulder the responsibility of stopping the likes of Plazibat and Faris Ramli, who have been scoring goals at will for the hosts.
Notably, Home are heading into tonight's clash after having decimated 2015 S.League champions Brunei DPMM 9-3 last Thursday. Ramli struck four and Plazibat added two to take his tally to 20 (all competitions) goals this season. Deyto though is not concerned with the league run of their opponents and says AFC Cup is an entirely different stage for teams from the region.
"Even before we played them in the first leg, we knew Home are an attacking team. Of course, we will scout them, but we will prepare in our own way because at the end of the day, it is really up to us," the Filipino custodian added.
"Whatever they do in their league or we do in ours... they are different tournaments."