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  • March 11, 2014
  • • 19:30
  • • Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
  • Referee: C. Beath
  • • Attendance: 2085

From left to right: Juma'at Jantan, Lee Lim Saeng, Jacksen Tiago and Yoo Jae-Hoon.

Injury-hit Home look for victory against Persipura

From left to right: Juma'at Jantan, Lee Lim Saeng, Jacksen Tiago and Yoo Jae-Hoon.

Nicole Chan / FAS

The S.League side will have up to eight players unavailable according to coach Lee Lim Saeng, but will nevertheless go all out for their first points against the Indonesian team

Having lost their AFC Cup opener in Maldives two weeks ago, one can understand why Home United are eager to get all three points when they play their second Group E match on Tuesday evening.

They will face off against Indonesia Super League champions Persipura Jayapura at the Jalan Besar Stadium hoping for a more positive result than the 1-0 loss to New Radiant SC in Male, where Qiu Li missed a penalty after the hosts went ahead through a dubious spot-kick.

Protectors coach Lee Lim Saeng is aware of the need to secure a win at home, despite not being too familiar with their opponents.

"I do not know much about their professional league, I've only watched Persipura Jayapura playing [on video] highlights," he admitted at the pre-match press conference on Monday afternoon.

"They are very fast and have some skills. But we are hosts, you know, [so] we have to get three points."

That sentiment was reinforced by captain Juma'at Jantan, who hopes the 4-1 win in the S.League against Geylang International in their last game will give them momentum.

"Of course it was disappointing to lose the first game but that’s over now,” he said “But we managed to win convincingly against Geylang and hopefully that will give us a real boost."

That task will be made more difficult through the unavailability of eight injured players, including Japanese star Bruno Castanheira and new signing Song In-young, which will force the Korean to dig deep into the side's reserves.

"I think maybe I can call from the Prime League maybe four players, but I want my players to show the S.League's strength, so we will not play defensive football," Lee asserted.

"Hopefully, Singapore fans will come to watch our match. I think our players have prepared well so we need your support to show the S.League’s pride."

His counterpart, Jacksen Tiago, described Home as a "tough" side to play against but is confident his team can build on the impressive 2-0 win against Churchill Brothers SC in their first game.

"I used to play with (against) them a long time ago, but my team are well prepared and we are ready for the mission," the former Geylang United striker said. "After the game against Churchill Brothers, I looked for the game Home had against New Radiant. I [also] have some friends here who can give me information about Home."

The Brazilian added that his side had spent a week in Jarkata preparing for the game by watching videos of Home's games from last season and remained optimistic about his team's chances despite having to contend with playing on artificial turf.

"We are going to have tough moments here especially because of the field; we are not used  to playing in this situation, but we come here to win," Tiago asserted.

"We need to get some adaptation... but it will not be an issue; it is a good field, the ball still can run well and normally, we play small passes so the field will be good for passing.

"This team have been together for six years so the teamwork is there."

One player Persipura will have to look out for is Home's star playmaker Lee Kwan-Woo, who will come up against a familiar face in former Daejon Citizen team-mate and opposition goalkeeper Yoo Jae-Hoon.

"We are friends and I know what he’s capable of," he smiled. “I am aware he won the award for the best player in the S.League last year, but I was also named best goalkeeper in the Indonesia Super League, so I think it will be a very interesting game for both of us!”

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