Aussie full back Jason Davidson says another tough defeat against a world football heavyweight won’t make the Socceroos lose focus from their final goal.
The Socceroos were taught a lesson in clinical football by the world no.5 Red Devils as the host capitalised on a couple of errors to win 2-0 in Liege.
It was a story similar to that at the recent World Cup, where Ange Postecoglou’s side performed well but were punished for any slip-up.
“It’s hard. We dominate games and do really well, like at the World cup, but mistakes cost us,” said Davidson, whose sloppy pass led to Belgium’s opener on 18 minutes.
“We were a bit unlucky tonight, the first goal I don’t think he (Dries Mertens) meant it to go like that but that’s football.
“I think the end target is to make sure Australian football develops. It’s a process that were still pushing for.
“We have to take every positive form each game. We can’t reminisce about the past games. We’ve got Saudi Arabia next and we have to minimize those little mistakes that cost us.”
Despite being just 23, Davidson was Australia’s most capped member of the back-four, which included debutants Trent Sainsbury and Chris Herd.
“It’s always tough when you play with new players. I remember when I was in that situation but as a group we have to support all our boys,” the West Brom left-back said.
“It was just like yesterday when I was one of those debutants. We try to support each other, we’re all Aussies, we all have the same goal and everybody’s here because they have quality
“They’ve (Sainsbury and Herd) got their quality and I thought they did well. We have to push forward as a team and unite together under Ange.
“Every game we’re getting stronger and stronger together.”
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