The S-League champions are in need of a victory after losing their first two games in the continental competition...Tampines Rovers coach Salim Moin has reiterated his confidence in his side ahead of their AFC Cup clash against India's Pune FC on Wednesday, where they will look to notch their first victory.
The Stags lost their first two games against Kitchee SC and Nay Pyi Taw FC 5-0 and 3-1 respectively, leaving them bottom of Group H, but Salim asserted that his team could get a result at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
"The belief is always [there]; I believe in my players and I believe that they can do better," he said at the pre-match press conference.
"They know themselves and [regarding] the result, they can get it."
His belief stems from their 3-0 win over Geylang International on Sunday, where he was happy with how his charges looked more "settled down", having struggled to impress previously against Home United and Courts Young Lions despite winning both those games.
The S-League champions had to travel to Myanmar four days before that and Salim admitted fatigue would be a factor, but refused to use that as an excuse.
"Seven days with three matches is quite hectic for the boys but I would say that would not be an excuse and hopefully the players will come back strongly," he stated. "We will still fight, we will never say die."
On being asked to comment on Pune FC, Moin said, "I only had some information and that’s all I can say about it."
The Jalan Besar Stadium has an artificial turf and Moin mentioned that it takes players at least two days to recover after playing at the said venue.
"It is not easy to play on the artificial pitch because they take in so much of energy from the players and when we play there it takes about two days to recover and it is very tiring."
Skipper Mustafic Fahrudin exuberated confidence and felt that his side can put in a top performance against the Red Lizards of India.
"I think we are ready, I think all of them know that Wednesday for us is a very important game especially after the first two game we lost. Playing at home, try to get the advantage and win and after that everything open, the group becomes open again."
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