A huge loss to the Middle Eastern team which came in the same night as Indonesia capitulated 10-0 to Bahrain has the long-serving Serbian accepting the gulf in standard
Speaking after the defeat to Iraq in the final World Cup qualifying match, Singapore coach Radojko Avramovic was in a sombre mood as he addressed the reporters.
“Iraq came and outplayed us today," he said.
"They showed why they have managed to qualify for the next round and their quality was obvious throughout the match. Today’s results around Asia also showed the gap between South East Asian nations and the Middle Eastern countries in terms of the standard of football.”
Captain Shahril Ishak was visibly disappointed but was quick to address the positives of the whole campaign.
“We tried to play but the result did not come," said Shahril.
"The World Cup qualification round is now over and we need to look forward together as a team in preparation for the next tournament.
"Throughout this past few months of playing in the qualifying stages, we have picked up invaluable experience and this can only be good for us in time to come.”
Goalscorer Isa Halim was equally optimistic in looking towards the future of the team.
“As a player representing Singapore, it is not a nice feeling to lose by this kind of scoreline," admitted the LionsXII midfielder.
"I may have scored in the game but I believe team work and staying tight as a unit is the only way forward.
"We have to take the positives from this whole campaign and use the experience we have picked up in preparation for the AFF Suzuki Cup at the end of the year.”