Appiah: We can't get carried away
The Wanderers midfielder said the team was delighted with the win but knows they still have a job to be finished in the return leg in China on August 27.
The Wanderers defeated Evergrande 1-0 at Pirtek Stadium after a fiery Asian Champions League encounter which saw the visitors have two players sent off.
“The game was great,” Appiah said.
“I thought we did well but it’s only half-time in the tie. We must now focus on the second leg. It was a great atmosphere and I was glad to play my part.”
Gao Lin and Zhang Linpeng were both red-carded in the dying minutes of the match, with Evergrande coach Marcelo Lippi running on the field to remonstrate with the referee.
Appiah replaced Labinot Haliti on the right wing for the final 10 minutes of the games.
“I didn’t really see the second red card but I thought the first one was a blatant red,” he said.
“Of course we don’t want the win to be overshadowed by the drama at the end. Nonetheless, it was a great first leg, now we take it to them in Guangzhou and get the job done.”
The winger said the Wanderers have moved on from their disappointing loss in the FFA Cup to Adelaide City and, with their first leg victory in the Asian Champions League at home, have proved they can defeat any opposition.
“The FFA Cup we don’t even talk about,” Appiah said.
“That’s gone, done and dusted. I just remembered it by you asking me. Like I said, we’ve learnt from it and we move on, that’s it.
“The next game is going to be tough, a typical second leg tie, but we’ve proved time and time again that we are more than good enough to beat anyone.”
New signing Vitor Saba has already made a big impression at the Wanderers and Appiah described the Brazilian playmaker as quality.
“A typical left-footed number 10 that’s always looking to create something special,” the 21-year old said about the Brazilian.
“I rate him highly and he will only go from strength to strength.”