Dundalk midfielder John Mountney says that a positive start away to Legia Warsaw in the return leg of their Champions League third round qualifier is crucial as they still harbor hopes of progression.

Stephen Kenny’s side have a mountain to climb following their 2-0 defeat at the Aviva Stadium, but Mountney says they will look to take the game to the Polish side in the return leg on Tuesday.

“It was a disappointing result for us last week. There’s no doubt about that. The manner of the goal we conceded in the last few minutes was frustrating but we aren’t out of the tie,” he said.

“The second goal made it difficult for us but as I said we have been here before. The first goal is going to be massive"

“We will get up again and prepare right before we go again on Tuesday. We want to go out for the win. We’ll go there and try win the tie."

The dream of the Champions League group stages remains alive and the Mayo native is hoping to draw on the experience of playing Hajduk Split two years ago, but with a different outcome after losing 3-2 on aggregate despite the away scalp.

 “We want to progress as far as possible. We want to get as far as possible in the Champions League. It’s a dream to play in the Champions League for all players.

“We were in a similar situation two years ago away to Hajduk Split when we went over there 2-0 down and we conceded first. We can’t let that happen again. We need to score first and really set the tie alive.”

Legia substitute Aleksandar Prijovic’s goal in injury time has added to the challenge facing the Airtricity club but the midfielder is hopeful they can give a good account of themselves and grab the first goal to breathe life into the contest.

“The second goal made it difficult for us but as I said we have been here before. The first goal is going to be massive. It has been a great experience so far and we want to experience more.”