The Heracles left-back scored an own-goal on debut for the Socceroos against Scotland in August, but is determined to push on if handed another chance
|By DEJAN KALINIC
Australia defender Jason Davidson is eager to move on from an own-goal on his international debut with a strong performance in the Socceroos' friendly with Lebanon.
The Heracles Almelo left-back, son of former Socceroo Alan, headed past goalkeeper Adam Federici just four minutes after coming on during the 3-1 loss to Scotland in August.
Davidson, 21, said his team-mates had been supportive since his error, but felt his debut performance was otherwise solid.
"Definitely that was a negative to my debut," he said from Beirut, ahead of the Socceroos' meeting with Lebanon on Thursday [Friday morning Australian time].
"But at the end of the day, it happens in football so I've just got to keep pushing forward.
"I thought I did well, defended well, the boys were very supportive and I gave it my best and that's all I can do as a footballer - give it my best.
"The coach was happy and I'm here again this camp so I must've done something right."
Davidson has started consecutive games for Heracles, who are winless after their opening four Eredivisie outings.
The former Pacos de Ferreira defender said he was pleased his hard work had been recognised by coach Peter Bosz.
"I worked hard through the pre-season to get back and start playing again," Davidson said.
"I'm just happy that the coach has recognised the hard work that I've put in and hopefully I can have a long season with the team and play well and help the team do well."
Following the Lebanon encounter, the Socceroos take on Jordan in a crucial 2014 AFC World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, still searching for their first win in the fourth round of qualifying.
Luke Wilkshire was not playing down the importance of the fixture in Amman.
"We've had two draws. It hasn't been the perfect start but it hasn't been the worst as well - when you look at the games and the conditions," he said.
"It's definitely important. On the road it's always a bonus when you can win a game and it's something we're definitely looking to do. It's going to be a big game for us."