Caltex Socceroos midfielder Aaron Mooy believes Australia's 1-0 win over United Arab Emirates earlier this month will give them plenty of confidence against Saudi Arabia in October.
Australia entered Abu Dhabi's Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on September 6 with the temperature in the mid-30s and knowing they had lost five of 14 matches in the Middle East since joining the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
What followed was arguably one of the best performances the Socceroos have managed in the AFC, with Ange Postecoglou's side dominating possession against the UAE and eventually triumphing thanks to Tim Cahill's late goal.
Mooy, who was named in Postecoglou's squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers away to Saudi Arabia and at home against Japan, reckons that victory is a significant moment in the Socceroos' development.
"It was a very satisfying win, especially with the conditions and how hot the game was and it was a really good three points because I thought we deserved to win as well, the way we played," he told Goal Australia .
"Yeah, we dominated most of the game… it was one to remember."
Mooy added: "To know we lasted the 90 minutes and we scored late as well in the game [is a good feeling].
"So we kept going all the way till the end, so good signs."
While Mooy reiterated his coach's mantra that the style is "unstoppable" when it works, the Huddersfield Town midfielder conceded that some of Australia's errors could be avoided.
"It obviously comes down to decision making, when to play and if it's too tight, then maybe just keep the ball, but eventually in the games we found our rhythm and it works well… yeah, definitely in the Iraq game we weren't really clicking but we stuck to the game-plan and eventually it works," he said.
Aussies Abroad: Taggart strikes again for Suwon Bluewings
Adam Taggart has continued his K-League hot-streak with an equaliser for Suwon Bluewings in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with leaders Jeonbuk Motors. Taggart – who played his first match for Australia in close to five years in the Caltex Socceroos 1-0 loss to Korea Republic earlier this
Copa America 2020 a 'phenomenal opportunity' for Caltex Socceroos: Ryan
Caltex Socceroos goalkeeper Mathew Ryan believes the Caltex Socceroos’ participation in the Copa America 2020 is a ‘phenomenal’ opportunity for Australian football. Australia are heading to the 47th edition of the showpiece South American tournament, to held in Argentina and C
Mooy learns who he'll face in the Championship's opening round
Caltex Socceroos star Aaron Mooy has learned who he’ll face on the opening day of the EFL Championship 2019/20 season with Huddersfield Town. The Terriers – relegated from the Premier League last campaign after two years in the top flight - will host Derby County at The John S