BACOLOD CITY - Singapore captain Harris Harun feels their squad has more than enough quality and character to bounce back from the slim 0-1 defeat to the Philippines in the AFF Suzuki Cup at Panaad Stadium last Tuesday night.
After opening the tournament with a 1-0 win over Indonesia at home, the four-time champions conceded a 77th minute winner to Patrick Reichelt as they bowed to the Azkals for the first time in the history of the competition. 
"I think it was tough,” said Harris. “But the guys did well. I think we caused them (Philippines) a couple of problems. But in the end it is what it is, we have to try to recover for the next game.”
The result meant that Singapore are still level on points with Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand in a tough Group B.
Harris said the week-long break before the duel with Timor Leste at National Stadium on Nov. 21 could not have come at a better time with Faris Ramli and Shahril Ishak both sustaining injuries against the Philippines. 
Ramli had to be replaced by Shahril due to a hamstring problem only for the former Singapore captain to only leave the match shortly after he was sent in due to a dislocated shoulder. 
"We still have two more games to play,” said Harris. "We have to stay positive. We have a week to prepare for the next game. We have to go back to (Singapore), recover well and prepare well for the next game.”
Harris believes the tough conditions that included traveling to Singapore to Bacolod for 10 hours may have played a part in their performance against the Azkals. 
"I think its quite normal,” said Harris. “It’s not easy playing four days ago and gamealso needing to travel 10 hours to get here. It was normal to see the players going down feeling some cramps. But now we have to look to recover well. We have enough depth in the team and enough quality."