A bitterly disappointed Caltex Socceroos keeper Maty Ryan said Australia did not stick to their “fundamentals” in their 2-2 draw with Thailand.
Speaking after Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifier in Bangkok, the Valencia keeper was left frustrated after the Thais almost caused a huge upset.
“Very disappointing once again. We go away from our fundamentals again,” he told Fox Sports.
“We can say all we want about the build up and we’ve set our standards as a team and to come here and expect to do better.
“But we have to follow it up on the pitch. Too many cheap turnovers tonight and with a couple of quick players they are going to hit us on the counter and we’re going to be pretty open.”
Australia started commandingly taking the lead on seven minutes but the Thais worked their way back into the game to take a 2-1 lead by the 57th minute.
A Mile Jedinak penalty, his second of the night just after the hour mark, spared their blushes.
And Ryan came to the rescue with just minutes left, blocking a near certain goal in a one-on-one.
“At the end of the day it’s not good enough,” added a clearly frustrated Ryan.
“The result shows that.”
Ryan said that if Australia go back to what they do best, then qualification should be achievable with three out of the next five games on home soil.
“We need to look at ourselves. We need to give more,” he said.
Aussies Abroad: Luongo gallant in Watford defeat
Caltex Socceroos midfielder Massimo Luongo can turn his attention to the EFLChampionship after QPR crashed out of the FA Cup on Saturday morning (AEDT). The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes in QPR’s 1-0 loss to Watford at Loftus Road, in a tight game where each side cou
When to watch your Caltex Socceroos this weekend
There's FA Cup action on the cards for two Australians this weekend as another prepares for a massive top-of-the-table encounter. Multiple players are involved in matches with major title ramifications, while Mark Milligan has a new manager to impress in Scotland. Read on t
Aussies Abroad: Vukovic keeps clean sheet as Genk earn crucial away result
Danny Vukovic was the only Caltex Socceroo in action on Friday morning (AEDT) as his Genk side secured a 0-0 away draw against Slavia Prague in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32. Vukovic played a crucial role in earning a clean sheet, making five saves as Slavia bombarded the
Joeys squad announced for next month's UEFA-hosted youth tournament in Turkey
Joeys Head Coach Trevor Morgan today confirmed Australia’s squad for next month’s UEFA-hosted youth tournament in Turkey. Twenty of Australia’s best youth footballers will travel to Antalya in March for matches against the host nation (4 March), Tanzania (6 March), and Guinea