Caltex Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury wasn’t making any excuses after Tuesday night’s 2-2 result with Thailand in World Cup qualification.
Speaking after the game, Sainsbury stressed the positives but like his skipper was hugely disappointed in the result.
“It was the one-percenters tonight that hurt us. The simple passes, getting away from us,” he told Fox Sports after the game.
“It all builds up and you try to force the ball.
“You can always make excuses but at the end of the day I don’t think we were good enough.
“We weren’t at our best and they capitalised on it.”
Australia took an early lead before two goals to Teerasil Dangda had the War Elephants dreaming of a huge upset.
But a penalty got the Socceroos back into it just after the hour mark.
However, the Chinese Super League defender was looking at the positives despite the surprise result on a pitch he described as being hard to play on for first touches.
“Undefeated on the road, undefeated in the group still and a point off top,” Sainsbury said.
“A point away from home we’ll take that but we know we can do a lot better.”
Australia is now on nine points, a point behind leaders Japan and Saudi Arabia.