Experienced Caltex Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury has heaped praise on his less-seasoned international team-mates ahead of game two of Australia's World Cup playoff against Syria.
And he's reserved particular platitudes for fellow central defender Matt Jurman, who debuted in Malaysia.
“When you've got a guy like Matt Jurman coming in for his first cap, he was outstanding,” Sainsbury told Fox Sports' Sunday Shootout.
“I didn't have to tell him one thing during the game, I didn't have to scream at him or anything - he's a top professional.
“You've got Aziz Behich coming back into the squad, he was fantastic.
“Milos [Degenek] has set that place for himself in the squad now and you'd almost call him a regular.
“I thought Josh Risdon was fantastic as well. The back five in general were outstanding with Maty Ryan behind us having a blinder as well,” said Sainsbury.
Syria brought physicality to Thursday night's first encounter, with the contest often descending into a war of attrition.
But Sainsbury says that's exactly what they expected.
“There's a lot on the line. They were very physical [with] a few rash challenges,” said Sainsbury.
“We expected that, we watched a lot of video on them and were prepared for that and were prepared to match them in every tackle.
“Our philosophy is going to stay the same and I don't think the Syrians are going to change at all. There'll be a lot more long balls if anything from them.
“It's still going to be a very physical game but we just have to continue our way and continue the process and keep moving forward.”
With the tie delicately poised at 1-1 ahead of tomorrow night's second leg in Sydney, Sainsbury insisted Australia's approach wouldn't change.
“We've got a nice pitch to play on so we're going to try to pop the ball about quite a lot and get them moving,” he said.
“I can't give away all the tactics, but [we'll play] a very high tempo game to get them moving about and get them tired.
“I can't see them staying with us for the full 90.”
Player FeaturesSee more
The proud Caltex Socceroos moment that went beyond Behich's childhood dreams
He's one of the most experienced players in Graham Arnold's squad and Aziz Behich is relishing the chance to assume more of a leadership role on the Caltex Socceroos' journey to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022?. Behich has 36 senior caps to his name, with only six other players
The bold move that helped re-ignite Smith’s Caltex Socceroos career
Brad Smith admits he had doubts whether America's Major League Soccer was the right place to kick-start his career when Seattle Sounders came calling a little over 12 months ago. The Caltex Socceroos left-back, who debuted in the Premier League with Liverpool as a teenager in
From Adelaide to Germany: Borrello’s constant reminder of his Caltex Socceroos goal
From watching TV as a kid to lacing up his boots on the other side of the world - Brandon Borrello has always been aware of his Caltex Socceroos destiny. Freiburg SC attacker Borrello made his Caltex Socceroos bow in the June friendly against Korea Republic in Busan, something