GLOBAL FC coach Brian Reid said his team has no one else to blame but itself in its 3-2 defeat at the hands of Kaya on Thursday night.
The defending United Football League champions lost for the first time this season - and in 22 games dating back to last season - after squandering an early lead built behind a brace from Patrick Reichelt in the first eight minutes of the match at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.
Massa Omura sparked the Kaya fightback, which Nate Burkey capped by scoring two goals of his own in the second half.
“Obviously very disappointed,” admitted the Scottish mentor. “We should never be losing a game when we’re two-nil up.”
Despite fielding a shorthanded lineup missing Sudanese striker Izzo El-Habib and defender Carlos Guisso due to different reasons, Reid refused to blame the injury woes for the loss.
First-choice goalkeeper Roland Sadia also missed most of the game after his elbow hit the post when he tried to save a shot early in the first half - a big blow for a team that had conceded the fewest goals this season.
Even substitute ‘keeper Ed Sacapaño suffered an injury to the head, which needed stitching, only a few minutes after coming in.
“It’s not an excuse,” Reid said. “Two-nothing up, we should still win the game.”
“The manner in which we lost the game is certainly uncharacteristic because we’ve only lost three goals this season, and then we lose three in one game.”
Reid, however, maintained the loss is a mere glitch and remained optimistic of his team’s chances of defending the title.
“As I’ve always said before, there are still nine games to go. We have to play every team again so we just have to make sure we don’t have this experience again.”