Socceroos coach Holger Osieck: 'The disappointment is enormous'

The German said his men 'did not get into the game' in the shock 2-1 loss to Jordan, while his captain knows exactly where the result puts the Socceroos Indonesia   By SPORTAL

Australia coach Holger Osieck was left extremely disappointed after the Socceroos' World Cup qualification hopes were dealt a blow with a 2-1 defeat to Jordan on Tuesday [Wednesday morning Australian time].

Needing a win to bridge the gap to Japan following the AFC champions' 1-0 win against Iraq, the Socceroos made the trip to King Abdullah Stadium in Amman full of hope but were handed a shock defeat in the first-ever meeting between the teams at senior international level.

The result means Jordan move into second position on four points, while Australia remain on two points with two draws and a loss, eight points adrift of Group B leaders Japan.

"The disappointment is enormous," Osieck told Fox Sports after the match.

"We had a very, very poor first half.

"We didn't get into the game, our passing was a disaster, we never could get into our normal rhythm.

"We played a lot of long balls and I don't know why that happened."

The Socceroos now face the real possibility of missing the World Cup finals for the first time since 2002.

Australia travel to Iraq in the next round of qualifying fixtures in October and captain Lucas Neil is well aware his side can ill afford to drop more points against the 2007 Asian Cup Champions.

"We can't afford many slip-ups now," he said.

"We've got to pick the team that will do the job in each game now.

"We've got to keep believing and stay positive. There are plenty of points to play for.

"But if we perform like we did tonight it's going to be difficult."

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