A lacklustre performance against Scotland in Edinburgh could be the "wake-up call" the Socceroos need, according to their disappointed coach
Australia manager Holger Osieck has labelled the Socceroos' 3-1 friendly defeat to Scotland a "very basic" performance, admitting he expected more from his charges.
The Socceroos went ahead in the first half thanks to a stunning volley from outside the penalty area by Mark Bresciano but three goals to Scotland, including two in the second half, saw the home side triumph in Edinburgh.
After Bresciano came off at half-time, Australia battled to string passes together and Osieck was disappointed his side had failed to make the adjustments he called for at the break.
"Our display today was very, very... basic, let's call it that," Osieck said after the match.
"We were not in the position to play constructive balls into the danger area, the understanding when we have to change positions was not there, and we gave Scotland too much room in attacking midfield positions in particular.
"Even during half-time when we talked about it we didn't actually change.
"I don't know the reason but the bottom line is we played very poorly today."
The defeat on Thursday morning was the Socceroos' fourth international in a row without a win - their worst run since 2000.
But Osieck was not concerned about that statistic, choosing instead to focus on the way Australia had played.
"It's not about the result, it's a matter of the performance and I expected a little bit more," Osieck said.
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Trying to find a positive to the two-goal defeat, the 63-year-old German manager argued the loss may have come at the right time, with a World Cup qualifier away to Jordan on September 11.
"I consider it a wake-up call and we have to improve a lot in order to be ready for the upcoming qualifiers," Osieck said.
"It's never good to lose but maybe it's come at the right time."
Osieck gave young defenders Jason Davidson and Ryan McGowan their senior international debuts against Scotland, although the former will want to forget his first few minutes on the pitch as he conceded the own goal that put Australia 2-1 behind.
The Netherlands-based 21-year-old did not wear blame from his coach, however, with Osieck instead complaining about the lead-up to the goal.
"I felt very sorry for Jason, he's a decent boy with a good future and a lot of things to offer but when he scored the own goal he was at the end of a chain of mistakes that started in midfield with that stupid diagonal ball into the feet of the attacking full-back," Osieck said.